Thinley Namgay 

Without road connectivity, highlanders of Lingzhi transport essentials through helicopter from Paro and Thimphu.  However, helicopter landing does not occur inside the Lingzhi’s villages, causing inconveniences to the people.

Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) has said that it received a letter from the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited (RBHSL) to look into the matter.

The reasons cited by the residents are due to the electric poles in the surrounding which hinder helicopter from landing inside the villages.

“To remove electric poles, one has to pay. But regarding Lingzhi, it is for the benefit of the community, and BPC has decided not to charge,” a BPC official said.

Lingzhi Gup Wangdi said: “Currently, landing takes place almost 5km away from the villages. After unloading, people have to carry the goods upward from the landing site.”

“The only solution is to remove a few poles to give way to the landing,” Wangdi said.

According to the residents, people have to pay more than Nu 42,000 while transporting goods from Thimphu and Paro.

However, BPC official cited challenges to address the issue.

He said transporting materials was difficult and requested RBHSL to help them carry the required materials.

Edited by Jigme Wangchuk