MB Subba | Haa

Haa will host the sixth Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition for a week in June next year.

Haa Dzongdag Kinzang Dorji briefed the Dzongkhag Tshogdu (DT) on November 20 about the significance of the exhibition. He also shared the dzongkhag administration’s plans and programmes for the first exhibition in the dzongkhag.

Kinzang Dorji said that the dzongkhag intends to make the exhibition different and unique from the past exhibitions. Five such exhibitions have been held so far in various dzongkhags, the last being Samdrupjongkhar.

The exhibition would be one of the most significant events  for the dzongkhag after the 110th National Day celebrations in 2017 and the Moenlam Chenmo presided over by His Holiness the Je Khenpo.

He also said that it was an opportunity to make the dzongkhag beautiful, unique and sustainable.

To make it beautiful,  besides flowers they would also prepare landscapes, animal pictures, drainages, roads and water supply among others at the show. Households, villages, gewogs, and institutions would be asked to take care of the beautification works in their own areas.

The dzongkhag’s plan is to sustain the beautification and landscapes much beyond the exhibition period.

“We’ll conduct beautification audits to make sure that the programme is sustained,” the dzongdag said. He sought support from the local leaders and other officials in the dzongkhag.

Preparatory works are expected to be completed by March next year after which the dzongkhag would start planting flowers. “Agencies are working in their own areas.”

The dzongdag said that there are 25 sites for flower exhibition within the town. Construction of footpath, landscapes, and planting trees are underway, the dzongdag said.

However, the poor infrastructure in the dzongkhag is likely to pose some challenges in preparation. Local leaders said that the road conditions have to improve.

The dzongdag said that the infrastructure including roads are being improved. He said that the town is also getting a facelift as part of the preparation.

The dzongkhag is planning to use it to promote tourism. Management of dogs and stray animals, the dzongdag said, was one of the important components of the programme. He said that those who let animals stray would be imposed fines.

Kinzang Dorji also urged each household to adopt a dog each to tackle the stray dog population in the dzongkhag. “However, it’s not compulsory but an opportunity to adopt a pet dog” he said.

The stray dog population was one of the problems hindering the growth of tourism in the dzongkhag.

The Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition was initiated upon Royal Command in 2015, with the vision of fostering beautiful living spaces and promoting economic activity.