Kho­longchhu project will start soon

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

As an up­dates to the up­com­ing Kho­longchhu project, the Mem­ber from Boomdel­ing-Jamkhar con­stituency, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP) Duptho ques­tioned the Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter dur­ing ques­tion and hour ses­sion in the na­tional as­sem­bly last Fri­day. As it was al­ready a year that the foun­da­tion stone for the project was laid down. He asked when the ac­tual works for con­struc­tion of Kho­longchhu hy­dropower project would com­mence.

In re­spond­ing to the ques­tions, the Min­is­ter for Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk said that they have dis­cussed the is­sues re­cently, and the Min­istry had carry out nec­es­sary works in the last one year which was im­por­tant for start­ing the ac­tual project such as pre­par­ing ten­der doc­u­ments and build­ing roads and bridges among oth­ers.

Ly­onpo said that the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Tashiyangtse have the con­cern for the peo­ple and used to in­quire about the project not only in the Par­lia­ment but also use to ask even out­side the Par­lia­ment. For this Ly­onpo said that it is good for the con­cerns since it will be ben­e­fited for the peo­ple.

This project is the first of four joint ven­ture projects which con­sist of Wangchhu, Bu­nakha, Chamkharchhu and the Kho­longchhu, Ly­onpo added.

Ly­onpo fur­ther in­formed to the house that the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of the Kho­longchhu hy­dro­elec­tric project is 600MW which will be 10 times more than the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of Kurichhu project. This project is the 2nd project for the six eastern Bhutan next to Kurichhu project but Kurichhu which was started in the year 2002 and has the pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of only 60 MW.

Dur­ing the time of start­ing of the Kurichhu project and af­ter the com­mis­sion­ing of the project, as it was said by the lo­cal peo­ple that be­cause of the Kurichhu project, there was in­creased in the econ­omy devel­op­ment in and around the project, said that Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo added that be­cause of the Kho­longchhu project and as it will be 10 times more than the Kurichhu project, there will be 10 times more ben­e­fit for the peo­ple be­cause there will be devel­op­ment in the road con­nec­tiv­ity, busi­ness op­por­tu­nity, econ­omy devel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity.

He said that, as it was said ear­lier that since the project would be the first of four joint ven­ture project, it should be as a ex­em­plary project, for that rea­son while dis­cussing we have to be very care­ful be­cause from this project, there should be ben­e­fit for the peo­ple in terms of the sup­ply­ing of the raw ma­te­rial and it should be from the lo­cal peo­ple. Ly­onpo said that it’s not that we are not work­ing on it.

He added that to pre- pared the work, we need many in­fra­struc­ture to be in place, we re­quire about 40 km of roads needs to be con­structed to connect to the project site, needs to con­struct 2 bridges and many other in­fra­struc­ture. For this the pa­per work of ten­der­ing is al­ready done and from the Druk Green Power Cor­po­ra­tion (DGPC), it’s ready. But to work, we need to form com­mit­tee then af­ter the for­ma­tion of the board, they will eval­u­ate for the work and then only they will dis­trib­ute the work.

With re­gards to the devel­op­ment of the Khet­shang town of Tashiyangtse Dzongkhag, Ly­onpo said that they have worked and dis­cussed for about one year and it has been done al­most.

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