Af­ford­able houses for peo­ple liv­ing across the bor­der to be­gin soon

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

The govern­ment will soon start con­struct­ing 72 build­ings of 500 units in to­tal to ease the hous­ing prob­lems faced by the Bhutanese in Phuentshol­ing in the next 18 months for the peo­ple liv­ing across the bor­der.

Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay at­tended the SaLang Ten­drel or ground break­ing cer­e­mony of the project last Tues­day. Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, Ly­onch­hen in­ter­acted with more than thou­sands of peo­ple who have dif­fi­cul­ties find­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion in Phuentshol­ing.

Ly­onch­hen ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for the over­whelm­ing at­ten­dance to the peo­ple who showed up for the meet­ing at the Col­lege of Sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy (CST). Ly­onch­hen said that he un­der­stood the peo­ple resided across the bor­der be­cause there are no op­tions.

Speak­ing to peo­ple re­sid­ing in the bor­der town of Jaigaon, Ly­onch­hen in­formed them that the govern­ment will soon start build­ing 72 build­ings that will have 500 units in to­tal. Bhutanese re­sid­ing across the bor­der in Jaigaon will be ac­com­mo­dated in these units and charged af­ford­able rent.

He added that the govern­ment has been work­ing on mea­sures to solve the is­sues and while it is go­ing to take some time to solve the prob­lem com­pletely, the govern­ment will try its best in pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try.

High­lighted the con­cerns of His Majesty The King , Ly­onch­hen said that His Majesty The King has been con­cerned with the in­creas­ing num­ber of Bhutanese re­sid­ing across the bor­der due to lack af­ford­able hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the coun­try.

Ly­onch­hen sug­gested that the res­i­dents across the bor­der to main­tain some proper record with the Dungkhang Ad­min­is­tra­tion to help the govern­ment at­tend to them in times of need. Adding that peo­ple must be thankful to the govern­ment of In­dia and the peo­ple of Jaigaon and to re­spect and abide by the laws of the lo­cal­ity they live in.

It is re­ported that cur­rently there are to­tal of 1,754 fam­i­lies or about 5,600 peo­ple live in Jaigaon.

A spe­cial com­mit­tee was formed on 19th of Fe­bru­ary this year to over­see the hous­ing prob­lems in Phuentshol­ing. The spe­cial com­mit­tee has iden­ti­fied about 17 acres of land in nine dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions to con­struct the build­ings.

The 21 build­ings will be con­structed at Torib­ari A (126 units), 5 build­ings at Torib­ari B (10 units), 11 Near Old Hos­pi­tal (88 units), 15 at Amochu A (120 units), 5 at Amochu B (40 units), 7 at PWD Colony (52 units), 4 Near FCB Auc­tion Yard A (32 units), 1 Near FCB Ac­tion Yard B (8 units) and 3 build­ings at Chi­nese lane with 84 units .

The con­struc­tion will be ex­e­cuted in two modes through con­tracts by con­tract­ing for 44 build­ings (310 units) and through depart­men­tal ex­e­cu­tion by the Na­tional Hous­ing De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (NHDCL) for 28 build­ings of 190 units.

The com­mit­tee chaired by the Fi­nance Min­is­ter com­prises mem­bers from Na­tional Land Com­mis­sion, the Phuentshol­ing Thromde, Min­istry of Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment (MoWHS) and NHDCL.

The project will ad­dress the acute hous­ing prob­lems faced by peo­ple work­ing in Phuentshol­ing through con­struc­tion of new af­ford­able hous­ing units. The com­mit­tee will also ex­am­ine, dis­cuss and de­vise long-term so­lu­tions to this prob­lem.

The govern­ment will also fa­cil­i­tat­ing the pri­vate de­vel­op­ers for de­vel­op­ment of hous­ing units by pro­vid­ing the fund on a pri­or­ity ba­sis for con­struc­tion of ac­cess road and wa­ter sup­ply net­works for Kha­ri­phu LAP.

The NHDCL is spear­head­ing the house con­struc­tion with fi­nan­cial sup­port of 1 bil­lion (B) from the Govern­ment.

Ly­onch­hen was ac­com­pa­nied by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Nam­gay Dorji and Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ly­onpo Dawa Gyalt­shen.

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