More than 30,000 hedges planted along the expressway
To commemorate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo , Thimphu Thromde in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests planted more than 30,000 saplings of hedges along the 6.2km Thimphu-Babesa expressway last Friday.
Initially, there was the road divider and was well fenced .The fencing was done to protect the plants and also to minimize the risk to the public.
Still then, there was lots of criticism from the public and following that during the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s visit to Bhutan, the whole fencing was removed.
The main purposes of planting these saplings was to beautify the city but Chief Environmental Officer with the Thimphu Thromde, Tshering Penjor, said that they faced lots of problems as people does not use the proper zebra cross to cross the road in the way and they nipped the branches and flower, because of that plants do not grow well as desired.
Minister for Agriculture, Lyonpo Yeshey Dorji said that we have planted the saplings as a gift to His Majesty the Fourth King. The Minister reminded the participant that while going home we must take the message to keep our country ever green, the support from the public is necessary. If there is no support from the public, the today’s hard work will be meaningless and wastage of our time.
The people from Wangdue, Punakha and Toebesa, used to bring their unproductive cattle over Sintha and they look for easy fodder and raid the garden over Lungtenphu army area. In a process the army used to chase these cattle and they live along the high way and damaging the plant, said the Chief Environment Officer.
Thimphu Thrompon Kinley Dorjee said although that Thromde had planned and attempted to plant the sapling along the express high way from last year itself but could not do due to of the lack of manpower and the resources. But today with the support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the plantation was successful.
Although Thromde had already planted earlier also but due to human disturbance, there is no proper growth. To have proper growth, Thrompon added that they had requested to the Royal Bhutan Police to monitor the public while crossing the road. They requested the Royal Bhutan Police to allow the public to cross only through zebra cross.
About 520 staffs from the Ministry of agriculture and forest had participated in the plantation program.
Meanwhile, the plantation of four species includes Jasminum, Forsythia, Ceratostigma and Hypericum and it was officially handed to the Thimphu Thromde by the Agriculture Minister.