After three years of preparations, landowners of the extended Trongsa town began constructing their buildings last month.

The dzongkhag’s municipal office lifted moratorium suspending any construction activity in the area.

Municipal engineer, Pema Zangmo, said that some plot owners availed of permission from the office and began construction.

The town extension plan was planned for sometime as the existing town has run out of space for construction, the engineer said.

The extended town area lies between Sherubling Central School, above Trongsa-Thimphu national highway. The demarcation posts were installed for the 214 plots in the extended area and the office has applied for new land registration certificates to the National Land Commission.

The municipal office has plans to build roads in this financial year. It has worked out estimates to construct footpath and drains and construction is expected to begin next month.

Pema Zangmo said that the acute shortage of housing in the town would be eased once the buildings are completed.

Some landowners said that the place does not have drinking water and road to begin any activity. Others said that they were not happy that their land was registered with other individuals after land pooling.

Ugyen Dorji | Trongsa