Moratorium on construction of houses in Dzongkhag towns to be lifted after LAPs

The moratorium on the construction of houses in towns would be lifted after the Dzongkhag Administration completes the Local Area Plans (LAPs), said Economic Affairs Minister when quizzed by the Member of Parliament (MP) from Nganglam constituency in Pemagatshel at the National Assembly session in Thimphu yesterday.

Questioning on the status of economic centers’ initiatives identified in Kanglung, Trashigang and Nganglam in Pemagatshel during the previous government’s tenure, MP Choida Jamtsho said the economic hub in these places have not yet started and developmental activities have been withhold as per the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement’s (MoWHS) moratorium on construction of houses that disallow people to construct houses in the core town areas and the extended Thromde areas.

Economic Affairs Minister Loknath Sharma said Kanglung as an economic hub is not documented with the economic affairs ministry and neither there has been discussion at the Department of Cottage and Small Industries.

Sharing his perspective, the minister said there might have been talk on Kanglung as an economic hub, because of the area having more agencies.

He added that Kanglung’s structural plan was approved by the National Consultative Committee and Human Settlement, MoWHS on December 2016 and was allocated budget of Nu 150mn.

The Lyonpo said LAP, authoritative under the Dzongkhag Administration, and water supply scheme are under progress and are expected to be complete sooner.

“Nganglam is feasible and favorable for economic hub with industries and more things to set up in the future,” said Lyonpo.

Similarly, Lyonpo said the Nganglam’s structural plan is complete and was allocated Nu 100mn, however, the LAP is yet to be complete.

Additionally, Lyonpo said the ministry has identified Nganglam as an economic hub and the ministry has identified the area to start the dry port, and the feasibility study would be completed by June this year.

On MP’s question on the status of Motanga industrial estate in Samdrup Jongkhar, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma said the area as large industries center has 155 acres of land.

He added that the work on the construction of bridge and to provide efficient water supply is almost complete, adding that 31 promoters were allotted the plot of which four are in operation and eight are in planning stage, processing the permits and other necessary required documents.

Thukten Zangpo from Thimphu