… Pongchula airport in Mongar

KP Sharma


Continuing the campaign in the east, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president campaigned in Lhuentse and Mongar in the last few days. In Lhuntse, the president pledged to construct a bypass from Gayzam Chu in Bumthang to Autsho in Lhuntse.

President Tshering Tobgay promised this road connectivity to the people of Gangzur, Khoma, Maenbi, and Autsho, stating that it would shorten the traveling distance between Bumthang and Lhuentse, making it convenient for commuters.

“The distance would be shortened by several kilometers, and it would be convenient for frequent travelers,” he said.

Once completed, Tshering Tobgay stated that this road would boost Lhuntse’s tourism sector. “Bumthang will be near, and those tourists reaching Bumthang can easily visit Lhuntse.”

In addition, he highlighted Lhuentse’s suitability for tourism due to its numerous pilgrimage sites.

The PDP also promised to explore the possibility of constructing a hydropower project in Khomachu and expedite the construction of Dorjilung hydropower project, which are explicitly mentioned in their manifesto.

To the residents of Khoma and Maenbi, Tshering Tobgay pledged to blacktop the gewog center road in its first year if PDP is given the chance this time.

In previous elections, PDP did not win in the Gangzur-Minjey constituency, and he assured support for the residents if his party wins the election this time.

Tshering Tobgay assured the people in Khoma that the gewog would get a central school and promised to upgrade the primary school to a central school.

The Minjey gewog is promised a central school as well.

In Mongar, PDP promised to reevaluate the construction of the Pongchula airport, aiming to benefit the people in eastern Bhutan.

Tshering Tobgay acknowledged the challenges faced by Yonphula airport during the summer and suggested exploring other suitable locations.

While a Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa candidate promised Pongchula airport during the bye-election, feasibility reports deemed it unviable.

Tshering Tobgay stated that the government would find possible ways to address this issue, suggesting a small airfield for domestic flights operated by a smaller aircraft.