Tshering Namgyal

Minjey residents are worried about not getting the second phase of Granular Sub-Base (GSB) after the contractor failed to complete the first one on time.

During the recent visit to the dzongkhag, Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering told the public that the local government and the community were responsible for monitoring the work.

Minjey Gup, Jigme Tenzin Zangpo, said people are pressurizing the local leaders. He said the contractor started the work three months late and after that did not carry out the work properly.  “We did our part and I think gewog and public should not be held responsible.”

Following the announcement from the government, the gewog administration identified Budhur-Kupinyelsa chiwog to do GSB in the second phase.

Dzongkhag Level Tender Committee (DLTC) awarded the laying of GSB of 16.5km and construction of 11.5km drainage between Minjey gewog center and Chengling to M/s. Tachog Construction Limited at Nu 29 million.

After failing to complete by October 2021, DLTC gave a time extension of three months, until January 2022.

Residents say that the progress is not so impressive.

Zham-Chengling tshogpa, Thinley Jatsho, said that with only a few workers at the site the work could prolong.

Dzongkhag has written many reminder letters to the contractor.

Dzongkhag officials said the dzongkhag is planning to conduct the final meeting with the contractor to discuss and decide on further actions to be taken.

Budhur-Kupinyelsa tshogpa, Ugyen Chophel, said that the 7-km farm road would benefit at least 29 households of Kupinyelsa village and more than 15 households in Budhur village.