Thursday, 31 July 2008

Bhutan : New Paro campsite for Dantak

31 July, 2008 - The Dantak Camp in Paro-Bondey will be shifted to a new location after years of looking for a new site. The present location of the camp will come under Bondey town planning for further expansion. The new location of Dantak is a discreet and pleasant location close to the present site but further off the main road behind Pegyel hotel. The camp, although doing a credible job of road building and maintenance, was an eyesore due to its shabby temporary structures, giving it the look of an overnight imported town.

The structures contrasted with the traditional houses and were an aesthetic problem, especially with it greeting most foreign visitors to Bhutan.

The present location also caused inconvenience to dantak staff with the camp being sliced by the Paro-Thimpu highway running through it with busy traffic.

However, the current location was the third one after earlier choices since 2003 of lands near the Shaba gup’s office and in Nemjo above Shaba school. The first was found to be too close to the river and the second too far from the main road. Officials had hoped that Nemjo would be the new Dantak location because its roads could develop an ideal place but the current final prime location was chosen in the end.

Already office and residence structures have come up in the new location with a blacktopped road leading to the new campsite. Dantak was supposed to vacate the current site by March 2008 but there have been some delays.

Sources say that Dantak had asked for 3 acres of campsite but the current site is smaller due to its well-placed location but limited size.

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