The construction of Dorokha Central School (DCS) in Samtse, which was scheduled to complete by January this year, is still left with flooring, other finishing works, and site development.
Construction of buildings such as the main integrated academic block, dining hall, hostels, kitchen, and staff quarters are completed.
Project engineer of JM Builders Private Limited, KB Chhetri, who was at the site yesterday, said 95 percent of the building works were completed.
“The remaining five percent are flooring works and other finishing works,” he said. “We will finish them by the end of this month.”
He, however, said that the site development works would take time. About 50 percent of the site development works are completed.
“Considering the rainy season that has already started, it would take time until August,” KB Chhetri said.
He said that the delay was due to hindrances in transportation as the road was closed for about two to three months in 2016 after the construction started. “Electricity is also a problem.”
Constructed on a 22-acre land at Dogar village, the education ministry allotted about Nu 137.8 million (M) for this project. It is approved under the government of India’s project-tied assistance.
The school has a 120-bed hostel each for girls and boys. The integrated academic block has 18 classrooms, three laboratories, a staff room, and offices for the principal and vice principal.
Site developments for football and basketball grounds have also started.
Today, Dorokha Middle Secondary School receives all the central school facilities.
The principal, Pema Chogyal, said that their initial plan was to shift students of classes IX, X, and XI to the new infrastructure this academic session. “But we couldn’t as the infrastructure is incomplete.”
He said shifting the students after the mid-term break does not seem possible.
Once the infrastructure is ready, the senior students would only be shifted there. Students from classes PP to VIII would be still kept at the existing school infrastructure.
Furniture such as beds, cupboards, student chairs and tables has already arrived at the school. The school has 1,057 students.
It was learnt that the new deadline for the project is not decided.
Rajesh Rai | Dorokha