Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Plot allotment in new townships tops agenda

26 May, 2008 - Issues concerning new townships and delays in plot allotment to build houses were one of the main issues discussed at the 23rd session of Bhutan chamber of commerce and industry’s (BCCI) annual general meeting held in Thimphu.

In an interactive discussion with the ministry of works and human settlement (MoWHS) yesterday, most of the business representatives raised the same issue but no concrete decisions were reached.

A business representative from Samtse said that, since 1992, after talks of relocating Sipsu township to Balkoty, shopkeepers in the existing town were not even allowed to renovate or upgrade their shops. “Now some of the land in the new townships area seems to be occupied by offices such as the RNRC (renewal natural resource centre),” he said.

A representative of the Bumthang shopkeepers said that there were only 75 plots in the new Dekiling township but there were more than 125 business license holders in Chamkhar town. This was creating a problem.

Representatives from Dagana and Zhemgang also raised the point saying that, though they were allotted plots in the new townships, they were not allowed to start construction.

An MoWHS official said that the delay in the plot allotment of Sipsu town could be because of private landowners and the dzongkhag administration. “But we’ll look into whether land from the town plan area has been used for other purposes,” said the secretary of MoWHS, Nima Wangdi.

He also told the business representatives that, if the new towns needed a sewerage system, it must come to the ministry through the dzongkhag tshogdue (DT).

An urban town planner from the ministry refuted the allegation that the Dekiling township area faced a shortage of plots as plots were being allotted to people from other gewogs besides those of Chamkhar town.


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