The Mongar dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) resolved to ask the National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) and the National Pension and Provident Fund (NPPF) to construct housing colonies in the dzongkhag. 

This resolution came after the thromde thuemi, Namgay Peljor, raised to the third DT that housing problem in the dzongkhag is worsening every year and the dzongkhag administration has to look for strategies and measures to resolve it.

The DT resolved that National Housing Development Corporation Limited (NHDCL) should construct a colony for civil servants in the dzongkhag. NHDCL has asked the dzongkhag administration to identify a plot and the administration is in the process of identifying one. 

Mongar residents however, say that although DT has endorsed the need to identify the plot, there was no development.

Residents also said some plot owners in the town have left their plots vacant.

Thromde thuemi Namgay Peljor said plot owners have to construct houses. “For safety measures, the traditional houses need maintenance.”

He said people are looking for apartments every day.  The lack of apartments in the town area has forced many people working in the dzongkhag administration to either stay in a combined apartment or stay away from town.

A civil servant, Tenzin, said that he has been looking for an apartment in town for almost a year. “It’s difficult sharing an apartment.”

With more than 350 staff at Mongar Regional Referral Hospital, the hospital could only accommodate 22 percent of its staff in the colony and the remaining live in town and its outskirts.

A civil servant said it has become difficult for people with low income to stay in town.

Meanwhile, Mongar town’s water shortage is expected to be resolved once the road widening work is complete.

Today, the thromde has been providing water in the morning and evening only. 

A dzongkhag official said due to road widening, they could not maintain the pipelines. “As soon as the road widening is complete, there will be 24 hours water supply in the town.”

Tashi Phuntsho | Mongar