Temporary houses will be constructed to resolve housing crunch in Phuentsholing
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.