Chencho Dema

Punakha – A major facelift is underway as part of the construction of Kaja Throm, the only amusement park in the town of Khuruthang in Punakha, which was once one of the most popular hangouts.

The major part of development work has been completed and the residents are excited about the progress.

Tobgay, an engineer with the Khuruthang Regional Engineering Cluster, said, “After the work was completed, the park was closed because we wanted grass to grow there. Once the greening season is over, the park will be open again.”

The park was opened to the public on November 7, 2015, to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth King.

Spread over 1.5 acres of land, the government had then invested around Nu 2.6 million in developing the park and the open gym.

While the remaining space will be left open for people to stroll freely, one corner of the park will be set aside as a children’s playground.

He said that the damaged facilities would be replaced with four new facilities that are yet to be installed.

The renovation project began in May after almost eight years.

The lone recreational space for residents of Khuruthang lacks toilets.

Prior to redevelopment of the park, three recreational facilities were there—a twisted slide has a large hole in the middle, two swings, and a nonfunctional seesaw.

On the other side of the playground is the open gym, where most of the equipment is damaged.

The renovation is believed to have cost Nu 4M.