More than 30,000 hedges planted along the ex­press­way

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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