Kan­glung fuel de­pot con­struc­tion de­layed

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Kan­glung, T/gang

The con­struc­tion work on a fuel de­pot in Kan­glung, which was sup­posed to be op­er­a­tional by May, is show­ing slow progress leav­ing res­i­dents wor­ried.

At the con­struc­tion site, the land has been lev­eled and fuel tanks trans­ported. Be­sides that, work has been mov­ing at snail’s pace.

A Kan­glung res­i­dent, Sonam said that the con­struc­tion of the fuel de­pot started in Jan­uary and is still not com­plete.

He also said that a fuel de­pot in Kan­glung would ben­e­fit not only the peo­ple of Kan­glung but com­muters on the Trashigang-Sam­drup Jongkhar high­way as well.

Another res­i­dent said that when they run out of fuel, they have to go to Trashigang, 19Km away, and it con­sumes around 10l of fuel. “If the de­pot is ready soon, we will be re­ally happy.”

Sim­i­larly, Pema Thin­ley said that al­though the con­struc­tion of the fuel de­pot has been de­layed, it would ben­e­fit the pub­lic if the con­struc­tion is com­pleted any­time. “With the fuel de­pot op­er­a­tional, re­fill­ing of LPG cylin­ders will also be­come eas­ier.”

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to the Bhutan Oil Cor­po­ra­tion’s re­gional man­ager, DendupTsh­er­ing, the de­lay is a tem­po­rary hic­cup.

He said they are wait­ing for equip­ment from their prin­ci­pal In­dian com­pany. “Once we re­ceive the equip­ment, we ex­pect to com­plete the works within a month or so.”

Once the fuel de­pot is op­er­a­tional, the de­pot will ben­e­fit the peo­ple of Kan­glung and other nearby gewogs.

Two un­der­ground tanks: 50,000 for diesel and 20,000 for petrol will be in­stalled at the de­pot. The quan­tity of the fuel would de­pend on the de­mand from the res­i­dents.

Fur­ther, he said that the fuel de­pot would be for pub­lic ben­e­fit yet profit ori­ented. The sta­tion in Kan­glung would also have a LPG gas store.

The fuel de­pot con­struc­tion is es­ti­mated to cost around Nu 9mn.

Fuel de­pot con­struc­tion site

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