Tem­po­rary houses will be con­structed to re­solve hous­ing crunch in Phuentshol­ing

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

To solve the crunch of hous­ing prob­lems in Phuentshol­ing town, tem­po­rary houses will be con­structed with low cost by us­ing pre­fab­ri­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als to con­struct faster and to pro­duce mass units.

Dur­ing the 22nd meet the press ses­sion last Fri­day, Min­is­ter for works and hu­man set­tle­ment Ly­onpo Dorji Cho­den said that the hous­ing prob­lems in Phuentshol­ing had re­main is­sues for num­ber years.

She added that a num­ber of fac­tors such as ex­is­tence of busi­ness and the in­dus­trial in and around the towns cre­ate the hous­ing crunch be­sides that it is also a se­cond largest city in Bhutan.

She fur­ther added that, to solve this prob­lem, a com­mit­tee has also been in­sti­tuted and Na­tional Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (NHDC) is un­der­tak­ing some hous­ing con­struc­tion in Phuentshol­ing to pro­vide with af­ford­able rate within the town.

She added that NHDC have com­pleted 24 units; an­other 40 units are un­der ten­der­ing process, fur­ther­more, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion and the Phuntshol­ing Thromde, they have iden­ti­fied three lo­ca­tions to con­struct 357 units.

“The lo­ca­tion has been iden­ti­fied and they have re­quested for the fund, soon they are go­ing to start con­struc­tion of 357 units,” said the Ly­onpo.

Fur­ther­more, Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion and Thromde are also work­ing and lo­cated a place about eight acres of ar­eas to con­struct low cost hous­ing with use of pre­fab­ri­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als so that the con­struc­tion is faster and to pro­duce mass units in or­der to com­bat hous­ing crunch, said the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo added that, it is largely pri­vate and cor­po­ra­tion em­ployee not the civil ser­vant who lives across the bor­der but it doesn’t mean that they are out of govern­ment but they also needs to be taken care.

Some as­sess­ment shows that, they stay across the bor­ders be­cause it is choice for them, some stay with no choice as there is no hous­ing within the town.

“The govern­ment is hav­ing worry with hous­ing crunch,” said the Ly­onpo.

“Thim­phu City bound­ary is ex­tend­ing and look­ing up for pri­vate sec­tor to build houses but the con­cern is that kind of rental charges that the pri­vate sec­tor will come up may not match the cheaper rates that they get across the bor­ders,” added the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo added that, even if pri­vate sec­tor come up with re­con­struc­tion of hous­ing units, but if the prices are not af­ford­able peo­ple will still make choice to cheaper rates.

“We are try­ing our best to in­crease hous­ing units in Phuentshol­ing,” said the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay said that, as we all aware that to live across the bor­ders is not ad­vis- able be­cause there will be many is­sues.

He added that when His Majesty The King vis­ited to Phuentshol­ing, hous­ing was one of the con­cerns.

Ly­onch­hen fur­ther said that if we do not con­struct enough hous­ing by the govern­ment with af­ford­able rates, then peo­ple will nat­u­rally live across the bor­ders.

There­fore, NHDC have iden­ti­fied eight acres of land and to con­struct tem­po­rary shade, a com­mit­tee has formed to look what kind of houses to be built and who should be con­structed, said the Ly­onch­hen.

Mean­while, more than 5000 Bhutanese live across the bor­ders ar­eas of Jaigoan in In­dia.

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