Plots at Dham­dum to be ten­dered out by month end

Business Bhutan - - Business - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Samtse

The Dham­dum In­dus­trial Park (DIP) will be ten­der­ing out plots avail­able in its 349acre park to in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants or com­pa­nies by the end of this month.

The Project En­gi­neer of DIP, Sonam Wangchuk, said the in­dus­tries can start con­struc­tion and op­er­ate, al­beit the con­struc­tion phase is ex­pected to take another 10 years.

Works presently are in full swing to de­velop the park in Samtse. Af­ter com­plet­ing the de­signs, the Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment (DID) un­der the Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­istry started the con­struc­tion of the in­dus­trial park that is al­lo­cated Nu 300mn. Three pri­vate con­struc­tions com­pa­nies are en­gaged in the con­struc­tion of in­fra­struc­tures at the site.

The bound­ary walls with three pack­ages worth Nu 2.55mn had been com­pleted this year. Also, the work on the first phase of river train­ing was com­pleted af­ter it was taken over by the DID. The river train­ing wall will re­claim around nine acres of land. The road and drainage con­struc­tion works were also com­plete ex­cept for some rec­ti­fi­ca­tion works. The works on con­struc­tion of park of­fice, in­stalling elec­tric­ity and wa­ter sup­ply are still un­der­way and are ex­pected to be com­plete this year.

And some of the re­main­ing works which are yet to start in­clude con­struc­tion of four pub­lic toi­lets, street light­ing and se­cu­rity quar­ters, and two gates. The works on sew­er­age sys­tem and land­fill are also yet to start and are ex­pected to be done in the 12th Plan.

Mean­while, the Nu 358mn project, which started in 2008 with fund­ing from Govern­ment of India, also has pro­vi­sions for foot­ball sta­dium and fa­cil­i­ties like park­ing lot, foot­path, weigh­ing ma­chines, and in­ter­nal road net­works, among oth­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Sonam Wangchuk, the first phase of the devel­op­ment is ex­pected to ex­tend till 12th Plan. How­ever, the al­lot­ment for the con­struc­tion of in­dus­tries will be done par­al­lel af­ter com­plet­ing the in­stall­ment of ba­sic ameni­ties re­quired for the devel­op­ment.

The en­tire park would be di­vided into three pock­ets - A, B and C. “Cur­rently most of the de­vel­op­men­tal works are be­ing car­ried out at zone A, the ma­jor chunk. The rest-two pock­ets, to­wards the right bank and the one be­low Samtse-Sipsu road, will be de­vel­oped later based on the needs,” the project en­gi­neer added.

And un­like other in­dus­trial es­tates, DIP will house non-pol­lut­ing medium scale in­dus­tries like agro-based in­dus­tries, and dairy, ice cream and pickle man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, among oth­ers.

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