Impact of Tangsibji hydro projects to the communities
Although the Tangsibji is comfortable and beautiful place yet development has not taken place until the Tangsibji Hydro Power Project which started in the year 2015. Tangsibji communities can now able to see many developmental activities taking place in their village.
The Tangsibji Hydro Energy Limited was created as a fully owned subsidiary company of Druk Green in April 2014 to undertake the implementation of the 118 MW Nikachhu Hydropower Project, Trongsa, in central Bhutan. The project is estimated to cost Nu. 11.96 billion.
According to Druk Green, 80 per cent of electricity generated would be exported to India by way of a power purchase agreement (PPA), while the rest 20 per cent would be sold through merchant route in India.
As per the people of Tangsibji, the project has brought both positive and negative impact to their community. If we have capacity to build more buildings there is no doubt of tenants.” Said Karchung 58, recently built a new two storied Bhutanese house near project office with his retirement benefits on his wife’s land.
Aum Tashi Choden is
a shopkeeper who runs a shop near the project office. Her shop is her main source of income to run the family as her husband is sick for the last seven years. She runs her families without failing to provide their needs.
Aum Tashi said, till now she felt the project has brought more positive impact to their villagers. Easy transportation is made “when we are in need of transportation to go to Trongsa town the project’s car lifts us. Sometimes project worker those who has car they gives us lift.”
Opportunities are created for the villagers, School dropout youths with poor background left idle at home have got chance to work in the project and earn good daily wages.
But she fears sometimes that there are negative impact including alcohol. The people usually drink heavily and stay late night, creating fights, pick pocketing and even auto stripping.
Laboures smoke openly which is not allowed in our country has made her worried of influencing Bhutanese youths.
But she also mentioned that when development activities are taking place few negative things are expected and should be accepted if it does not crossed the limit.
Aum Lemo, a villager can now sell her vegetables staying at home. In the past she used to go to Trongsa town to sell vegetables carrying on her back and spending night on the way. When she reach town by then most of the vegetable got spoilt. Getting taxi was rare in these areas that time.
“However the times have come that now we can sell our goods and products nearby. Many people coming in made her life easy, wild animals reduced harming crops.” She said.