The border town of Phuentsholing is getting a makeup. This is going by the many works and activities that are being carried out in and within the town.
Works on laying the new footpaths to cleaning the drainage have already begun from the second gate till the Royal Bhutan Army office.
Beautification works in Phuentsholing, according to the Thrompon, initially started when Tashi Commercial Corporation, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility in 2014 to mark the 60th Birth Anniversary of Fourth Druk Gyalpo, constructed a Mani Dungkhor and a park right above the main traffic under package one. Around Nu 20mn was spent on the beautification works.
Meanwhile, the construction of footpaths and greening within the town are presently about to be complete with expenses incurred amounting to around Nu 7mn. The drains inside the core town are presently being maintained and all the footpaths are also getting a facelift.
Another development phase will begin near the Youth Development Fund office and the northern bypass which is expected to cost around Nu 7mn.
The Thromde office has also developed a park at Zangtopelri in Phuenstholing last year.
The Thrompon said, “It develops a charm for people visiting the town.”
The Thromde is also hopeful that more Phuentsholing based companies will come forward and initiate activities to beautify the Throm.
“There are lots to do. We would be glad to see companies and institutions volunteering. At last the town is very important for everyone,” Thrompon Uttar Kumar Rai said.
As an unplanned town, according to the Thrompon, the Thromde is facing challenges in implementing planned activities in Phuentsholing. The earlier planners have not included land pooling of 30% of their land to provide necessary facilities.
The Thromde, however, now plans to restart planning and provide facilities after it is complete.
“We can provide after proper planning is complete to avoid mishaps. So far, the Thromde receives many complaints in connection to road and drainage leakages where the Thromde is left helpless. There is no proper space to solve the problem,” the Thrompon said.
On the solution to the narrow roads for traffic leading to Kabreytar and Dhamdara, the Thrompon said proper planning from the Thromde and close coordination from the landowners are necessary to move ahead with developmental activities.
“After installing the entire facilities in the core town, Thromde will then look into developing extended Thromdes in the six constituencies. We hope people will cooperate with the administration,” Uttar Kumar Rai said.
Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing