Friday, 21 November 2008

Bhutan : Tsirang Dzong consecrated

November 21: His Holiness the Je Khenpo consecrated the new Tsirang dzong on November 19. The Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y. Thinley was the chief guest at the consecration ceremony.

The Tashi Rabney or the consecration ceremony of the new Tsirang dzong began with Sunchey at the Kunerey led by His Holiness the Je Khnepo.

The dzong is located around half a kilometer from the Damphu town. The construction of the dzong began in January 2004. It was constructed at a cost of over Nu. 147 million.

The dzong will serve as the administrative headquarter of Tsirang dzongkhag and house about 65 offices and the DYT Hall. The dzong, however, will not house the Judiciary and the Clergy.

The Project Engineer Lhabten Dorji said the dzong was actually due for completion in March this year. He said shortage of timber, skilled manpower and other construction material delayed the works. Lhabten Dorji said some 150 skilled workers were involved in the construction. Apart from daily wage workers, villagers from the 12 geogs of the Dzongkhag made labour contribution.

The courtyard of the dzong was packed with people from the 12 geogs who came for the consecration ceremony.

Some of the people said the dzong will bring all sectors under one roof. This, they said will ease the administrative burden. People said earlier when offices were located in different places it took them several days to get their work done.

Various cultural programmes were presented by the students and the people of the Dzongkhag.

The Education minister Lyonpo Thakhur Singh Powdyel, the Home and Cultural Affairs minister Lyonpo Minjur Dorji, Dzongdas, Drangpons and Lam Netens from Wangdue, Punakha and Sarpang dzongkhags also attended the consecration ceremony.

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