Phurpa Lhamo | Gasa

Property worth Nu 4 million (M) has been confirmed damaged or washed away by the swollen Mochhu on August 26 this year.

Gasa Tshachhu Manager Tandin Dorji said that a proposal seeking funds and technical support was submitted to the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, the Gross National Happiness Commission, and donors a few weeks ago.

The ponds, resting area, choeten, a room for persons with disabilities, and vegetable stalls were washed away in August this year. The source of the tshachu remains buried.

Tandin Dorji said that work to divert the river would begin this week, which was previously prevented by continuous rainfall and the swollen river. “Now the water levels have significantly subsided.”

Maintenance of an excavator which was stuck on the other side of the river is also underway.

“As soon as the maintenance work is done, diversion work will begin,” Tandin Dorji said.

The work will be executed with a budget from the dzongkhag.

Tandin Dorji said that designs and cost estimates will be worked out after studying the water source.

The tshachhu generated revenue of Nu 1.9M despite the pandemic in the 2019-2020 financial year. Between 2018-2019, the tshachhu generated Nu 2.2M.