Under the Common Minimum Infrastructure (CMI) programme, roads and budget will be identified before blacktopping gewog centre (GC) roads, Human Settlement Minister Dorji Tshering, said.

At the Friday meet on December 28, minister said that there were 22 incomplete roads today.

He added that the government after discussion with Gross National Happiness Commission found that blacktopping certain gewogs while others raw was not fair.

Under the CMI programme, the government would identify roads, which will require additional budget, minister said. “Additional budget has to be given to those gewogs that didn’t get budget in the 11th Plan. So we want the work to begin at the same time.”

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa pledged to blacktop all roads to lhakhangs and institutes, basic health units, schools, and remaining gewog centre (GC). Base coursed roads to make it traversable throughout the year was also pledged.

Agriculture Minister Yeshey Penjor said that the blacktopping GC roads would be continued as pledged by the government.

According to the Annual Information Bulletin 2015, there are over 11,176.99km roads of different categories. There are over 1,970km of primary national highways, 584.47km of secondary national highways, and 5,240.32km of farm roads.

Staff Reporter