Druk­gyel Dzong re­con­struc­tion work 43% com­plete

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

Druk­gyel Dzong in Paro is 43% phys­i­cally com­plete so far since its re­con­struc­tion started in March 2016.

The Salang Ten­drel (ground break­ing cer­e­mony) of the re­con­struc­tion of the dzong was done on Fe­bru­ary 6, 2016. Nu 500m has been al­lo­cated to the project, which is di­vided into seven phases.

The Project Man­ager, Nam­gay Dorji, said that of the seven phases, they have com­pleted phase one and two. “The phys­i­cal progress of phase three planned for the fi­nan­cial year 2018-19 is 75% com­plete.”

As per the plan, the work on phase four will com­mence from July 2019 and will end on June 2020. How­ever, since the project is al­most three months ahead of the plan, works on phase four are ex­pected to start by April 2019.

The work com­pleted so far are phase one in­clud­ing the Utsi (four-sto­ried struc­ture) and phase two in­clud­ing two num­bers of two-sto­ried struc­ture, three-sto­ried struc­ture and four-sto­ried struc­ture.

The on­go­ing phase three in­cludes five num­bers of three-sto­ried struc­tures and presently they are work­ing on the fourth and fifth struc­ture.

Cur­rently, 213 work­ers are en­gaged with the project in­clud­ing 49 car­pen­ters, 86 ma­sons, 63 un­skilled work­ers, three elec­tri­cians, two plumbers and four driv­ers.

Nam­gay Dorji said that the to­tal bud­get mo­bi­lized is Nu 140.45mn till De­cem­ber 2018.

For 2018-19, the pro­posed bud­get is Nu 50mn but the project has re­ceived only Nu 25mn, of which Nu 24.2mn has al­ready been used. “We need to re­quest for the bal­ance of Nu 25mn im­me­di­ately,” said the Project Man­ager.

The com­ple­tion of the re­con­struc­tion project in­cludes build­ing the struc­tures, pro­vid­ing tra­di­tional Bhutanese paint­ings, proper drainage sys­tem and court­yards.

The Project Man­ager said that the project in­cludes the dzong com­pound and not the struc­ture out­side the dzong area.

“The fur­nish­ing and any other ma­jor re­quire­ment in­side the struc­ture might again in­cur ad­di­tional cost and time,” he said.

Druk­gyel Dzong was built in 1649 to honor Bhutan’s vic­tory over the com­bined forces of the mil­i­tary from Ti­bet and Mon­go­lia. The Dzong is be­lieved to be the first of its kind. The Dzong used to house sa­cred doc­u­ments that were lost to a fire in 1951.

The project is es­ti­mated to com­plete by De­cem­ber 2022.

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