Staff Reporter  

A committee comprising members from Bhutan and India reviewed the progress of 524 high-impact community development projects being implemented in the 12th Plan in various parts of Bhutan on February 28 in Thimphu.

Director of Bilateral Department Tshoki Choden led the Bhutanese delegation and the Deputy Chief of Mission Embassy of India in Thimphu Niteen S Yeola led the Indian government delegation.

The projects are spread across areas of water supply, urban infrastructure, farm roads, irrigation channels, bridges, health, and educational infrastructures. These projects are to enhance accessibility, economic opportunities for rural communities and contribute to improved livelihoods, job opportunities and food security.

It was noted by the committee that 392 of these projects are complete and the rest are nearing completion, according to a press release from the Indian Embassy.

The successful completion of these projects is also contributing to the post-pandemic recovery of Bhutan’s economic activities. The committee noted that over 98 percent of funds amounting to Nu 8.3 billion have been released to project-implementing agencies.

The talks were held in a friendly and cordial atmosphere in keeping with the excellent bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, the press release stated.

  Delegates from Bhutan and India after the committee meeting