Trashigang faces acute hous­ing crunch

For a pop­u­la­tion of 2,347, there are only 241 houses in core T/gang

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Trashigang

Since last year, Tandin Bidha, a teacher of Trashigang Pri­mary School along with two col­leagues have been liv­ing in a tiny apart­ment above the town.

Their apart­ment has two be­d­rooms and a liv­ing room with an at­tached kitchen and a toi­let.

Tandin Bidha said that it is not a com­fort­able when one has to share one’s per­sonal space but they have no choice since Trashigang lacks enough hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

She said that it is very dif­fi­cult to find a house in Trashigang. “I have al­ready booked a house since last year but so far the news is not forth­com­ing.”

Ac­cord­ing to the pop­u­la­tion data of 2017, Trashigang has 241 res­i­den­tial build­ings in­clud­ing the build­ings at Keyling, hos­pi­tal and court area, Mel­phay, Kheri and the core town.

This is against the to­tal num­ber of house­holds at 559 with a to­tal pop­u­la­tion of 2,347.

Some peo­ple stay in Pam area but it is dif­fi­cult for those who do not own a car to ply to and fro from town. A pop­u­la­tion of 670 lives at Pam, Chenagri, and Deyjung where there are only 121 res­i­den­tial build­ings.

A house owner from Trashigang said that ev­ery day peo­ple come in search of a place for rent and some of them even book a year in ad­vance pay­ing a cer­tain amount.

Chimi Rabten, a govern­ment em­ployee said that it is very dif­fi­cult to find a house in Trashigang es­pe­cially build­ings. “We could man­age a tra­di­tional house then but now even find­ing that is dif­fi­cult.”

When he first ar­rived in Trashigang, four of them had to share a tra­di­tional house for al­most a year but later they man­aged to get Na­tional Hous­ing Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion lim­ited (NHDCL) quar­ters though it took time.

Chimi Rabten hopes that NHDCL will con­struct more build­ings so that the hous­ing crunch will be re­solved.

Mean­while, the house own­ers take ad­van­tage of the hous­ing crunch. Many of them charge high rents.

“I would say civil ser­vants and pri­vate em­ploy­ees of lower in­come bracket suf­fer the most,” added Chimi Rabten.

Dzongkhag Plan­ning Of­fi­cer Wangchuck said that al­though the au­thor­i­ties are well aware of the hous­ing crunch, law does not al­low the dzongkhag to con­struct houses so the dzongkhag is wait­ing for the pri­vate sec­tor to do so.

He said that if the dzongkhag has ex­tra land, the au­thor­i­ties in­form NHDCL so that new houses can be con­structed.

Like Trashigang, Kan­glung also faces se­ri­ous hous­ing short­age.

Sonam Tob­gay, a pri­vate em­ployee said it is dif­fi­cult to find a house in Kan­glung. “Most of the houses in Kan­glung are oc­cu­pied by col­lege stu­dents.”

Around 12,000 res­i­dents oc­cupy Kan­glung to­day of which half of them are col­lege stu­dents, pri­vate, govern­ment and cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees.

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