Affordable houses for people living across the border to begin soon
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.