Choki Wangmo | Tsirang

With the water supply project for the town nearing completion, Dagapela residents in Dagana will soon have access to proper drinking water.

The Nu 110 million (M) project, which started in 2017, is 95 percent complete, according to dzongkhag officials.

Dagana’s dzongkhag engineer, Jamgyang Dorji, said the project was supposed to complete by December last year, but it was delayed because of the pandemic. “We would be able to complete the project by June this year.”

He said that they are constructing the water treatment plant.

Tsendagang gup, Bal Bdhr Rana, said the construction of two reservoir tanks with a capacity of 250,000 kilolitres (KL) each is underway. “After a few months, the water shortage challenges in the town would be resolved.”

He said residents receive water through the rural water supply scheme today.

Jamyang Dorji said the dzongkhag administration plans to construct the water distribution networks for the new town in the next financial year with a budget allocation of about Nu 8M.

Meanwhile, without a continuous supply of clean drinking water, town residents said that maintaining sanitation and cleanliness had been difficult.

A resident said that with the upcoming town planning, water supply is needed and they cannot start construction works although they had received the land certificates.

Gup Bal Bahadur Rana said that about 26 landowners have already submitted the planning permit documents to the gewog administration to start construction in the new town area.