Although Lhamoizingkha township development in Dagana has seen little progress, people are optimistic. Once the Dagapela highway is complete, Lhamoizingkha could be a centre connected with three major highways and bring economic advantages to the town residents.

Lhamoizingkha is currently connected to Thimphu and Phuentsholing via Manitar highway.

About 51 businesses in the core town area have received lagthrams as kidu.

One of the residents, Amber Gurung, said that the construction of buildings should be allowed as soon as possible.

“We have been told construction would be allowed soon,” the businessman said. “However, nothing has happened.”

Amber Gurung said it is important for people to know when the construction would begin so that people could plan accordingly.

Lhamoizingkha’s business representative, Yeshey Dorji, said that the drungkhag office has said that town construction would be approved soon.

“I think the town would flourish and do well if construction is approved,” he said, adding that the Dagapela highway is an important project for the town. “We were told the concerned ministry will provide the designs.”

Yeshey Dorji also said that today people are not even allowed to repair the old houses.

However, not everybody is in hurry to see the town come. A 75-year-old kidu recipient, Aita Singh Subba, said that Dagapela highway should be completed first.

“There could be changes in the future, so we need to wait,” he said.

Aita Singh Subba said that the delay was due to the small population.

Another resident, Bhanu Bhakta Dahl, said that road development was the main factor for the town to grow. “We also have Sunkosh hydropower coming in the future,” the shopkeeper said. “Lhamoizingkha has a bright future, we just have to wait.”

Lhamoizingkha town today is the centre for three gewogs –Nichula, Karmaling, and Lhamoizingkha. Until recently, the town just had one hotel.

A town resident, Kamal Chhetri, said that Manitar-Raidak highway has benefitted Lhamoizingkha town.

Rajesh Rai | Lhamoizingkha