In seven months, the residents of Gyalpoizhing will no longer have a shortage of clean drinking water according to dzongkhag officials. 

Coinciding with the coronation day of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on June 2, a drinking water project was inaugurated in Gyalpoizhing.  

Ninety de-suups with support from Royal Bhutan Army, Mongar dzongkhag engineering sector as a lead implementer will construct the scheme which is one of the activities under the water flagship programme. 

The project will construct two water reservoirs with storage capacity of 1.03 million litres and 75,000 litres and lay the distribution network of 11km. The scheme will connect to around 37 fire hydrants, 300 water meters and 24 sluice valves besides other components.

Mongar Dzongdag Ugen Sonam said the project worth Nu 37.8 million is expected to benefit 3,200 residents in the 477 households including the business community, regional offices, schools and institutions. The population in the area is projected to grow to 10,339 people. 

After completion, the project will be officially handed over to the dzongkhag for ownership, operation, and maintenance. 

A Gyalpoizhing town resident, Samten Lhamo said that they have acute water shortage during lean seasons and the problem of murky water during monsoon.

It is the second project implemented by de-suups as part of the water flagship programme in the dzongkhag after the Kalapang National Service Water Project, which was handed over on May 10 this year. 

The construction of the Nu 5.5 million project began on December 17 last year and today benefits 136 farmers in 27 households of Kalapang chiwog under Saling gewog. 

By Tshering Namgyal | Gyalpoizhing

Edited by Tshering Palden