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Hydropower contractor cries off Dungsam cement

The purported reason appears to be a price dispute between supplier and user DCCL: Only 20 percent of the cement used for the construction of the three-hydropower projects in the country are supplied by the country’s largest cement plant. While it was officially inaugurated two days ago, Dungsum cement plant started commercial production 10 months ago. It was learnt that 80 percent of the cement used in these projects are Indian brands, even though Dungsam could easily meet both the demand and standards at a [... Read More]

When a road connects a community


CHANGE Fifty-six-year old Leki Norbu still remembers how tedious and an arduous climb it was to go to his village, Lauri from Jomotsangkha Dungkhag, which then, was known as Daifam. Carrying ration on the back and walking uphills for four days weren’t easy but that’s how they had to travel if they had to survive. That was a decade back when the gewog was completely out of road connection. Although the farm road to Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar is yet to complete but its benefit [... Read More]

PM inaugurates Dungsam Cement


More than three decades after its initial planning, the plant is finally up and running DCCL: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay inaugurated Dungsam Cement corporation ltd (DCCL) in Nganglam yesterday. The country’s largest cement plant started commercial operations since January this year under the brand name of Dragon cement.  DCCL currently produces ordinary portland cement (OPC) and portland pozolona cement (PPC). Located in Chenkari, about 5km from existing Nganglam town, DCCL was incorporated in 2009 under the companies Act as a wholly owned subsidiary of Druk [... Read More]

The gone away gungtongs – An issue that won’t go away


The fact that those who remain pick up the slack left by the absent is especially galling Doongmanma:  Villagers of Doongmanma chiwog in Lauri gewog want the government to either annul and take over gungtongs, or require at least one member of each gung to return and reside in the village. A gung is a household, while gungtongs are registered households left unoccupied for a certain period of time. With many choosing to migrate to urban areas to either find employment or stay with their [... Read More]

The welcoming chiwog of Doongmana


The hospitality en route to this remote scattered settlement in Lauri, S/J is renowned Village: Greetings, smiles and offerings of refreshments and food are common on the way to Doongmana chiwog, Lauri gewog in Samdrupjongkhar. Despite the arduous uphill walk, the warm hospitality of the village is what makes the trip worthwhile. Doongmana village in Jomotsangkha dungkhag is almost a six-hour walk from Depsang in Serthi gewog.  It is a remote scattered village of about 50 households. Lauri is about a four-hour walk from Doongmana. [... Read More]

Dasho Shingkhar Lam passes away


Former secretary of the royal secretariat and cabinet, Dasho Kunzang Wangchuk, popularly known as Shingkhar Lam, passed away at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck national referral hospital in Thimphu on the evening  of October 16.  He was 86. He was admitted to the hospital a week before, after suffering from a weak immune system.  He had been bedridden for almost 10 years. Born in March 1928 in Shingkhar, Bumthang, Dasho Shingkhar Lam began his career as a tozeb under the second King in 1944. He also [... Read More]

Chengkari road in decrepit condition


DoR: Barely three years after the road from the Indian border up to Chengkari in Nganglam was handed over to the Department of Roads (DoR), residents complaining about its poor quality. The road, which is part of the Nganglam-Gyalpozhing highway, passes through Nganglam town to Chengkari, where the Dungsam Cement corporation limited (DCCL) is located, is damaged. Road users say accidents occur on this road frequently because it is difficult to negotiate the numerous potholes along the stretch. Pema Wangdi, a private employee said even [... Read More]

Collateral damage of biological corridor


Water: The recent demarcation of the biological corridor in Nganglam has not only affected the Rinchenthang township plan but has also left three water reservoir tanks worth Nu 20.5M idle for the last two years. Covered in vegetation, the reservoir tanks, were constructed in 2012 as part of township activities in Rinchenthang, and stand about a kilometre away from the existing Nganglam town.  The construction of the tanks was the first activity implemented after the master plan was approved. However, with the biological corridor’s demarcation, [... Read More]

Serthi gewog to be electrified by December


To a wide cross-section of society the coming of power is an answer to their prayers BPC: After missing the earlier deadline more than a year ago, Sethi gewog’s long wait for electricity is expected to be over when Bhutan Power corporation officials connect the homes to the grid by December. Serthi gewog is about four hours drive from Jomotsangkha (Daifam).  With almost all electric poles installed and connected, supervisor Jigme Tenzin, who is stationed at the site, said they were only left with the [... Read More]

New Nganglam town location altered


A change made due to issues related to encroachment on the biological corridor Township: Nganglam town establishment, which was delayed with unresolved issues regarding biological corridor, will now come up at Satsalu and Tangzima under Norbugang gewog instead of Rinchenthang. Although the town planning began from 2009 and its master plan was completed and approved in 2012, implementation was halted after half of the envisaged town was identified as biological corridor, connecting Manas national part to Khaling wildlife sanctuary.  The project cost was estimated at [... Read More]

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