The main road along Lhuentse town is riddled with potholes and the drainage is also blocked, affecting the residents and people who visit the town.

A bus driver, Migmer Dorji, 42, claimed that the potholes damaged his bus.

He said the dzongkhag officials had been claiming they would widen the road for the last decade.

A businesswoman, Pema Choki, 38, said the poor road condition and drainage affected the students most.

She said students have to walk in mud in summer and dust in winter.

A student of Lhuntse higher secondary school, Tashi Wangchuk, said a proper footpath would benefit the students.

The residents are also questioning how the dzongkhag could claim 100 percent achievement in performance report when the town doesn’t have the basic amenities.

The dzongkhag engineer, Kelzang Lhundup, said the dzongkhag did maintenance of the road and drainage when required.

He also said the thromde would develop the road, drainage, water supply, vegetable market, public toilet and sewerage in the 12th Plan.

The engineer said they are waiting for the new government to release the budget of Nu 30 million (M) proposed for 2.5km road widening from Nakaythang to Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) colony.

Meanwhile, of the 27 plots government leased to the shopkeepers in Lhuentse town, 11 have completed construction of buildings and three landowners are constructing. The remaining shopkeepers are still operating from the temporary sheds constructed along the roadside but they would have to vacate the temporary sheds by 2019.

Tashi Phuntsho  | Lhuntse