Kelzang Wangchuk  | Pemagatshel

The construction of Denchi Dzong in Pemagatshel is expected to complete at the end of this month, according to the project manager.

The construction site is a hive of activity with the deadline approaching.

Except for the Utse (central tower) and toilets, the painting works on the completed structures, and partitions for the offices among others are all done.

Project manager Lhaten Dorji said except Utse, laying marble floor slabs and wall tiles among others, the construction works are completed.

He said the roofing structures are ready, but they could not carry out roofing and laying of marble slabs and wall tiles works because they could not import the materials like roofing sheets because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project manager said they would carry out the remaining work as the materials will be imported soon.

“The dzong would be soon handed over to the dzongkhag after completing the auditing and other works,” Lhaten Dorji said.

The project could not start work on block A and B until they got the drawing of the central tower as they share the foundation. The steering committee then decided to revise the deadline during its meeting held in 2017.

Officials said that owing to the problem in the drawing, they could not start the work on the five-storied tower in December 2015. The main works began the following 2016. The dzong boasts the tallest tower in the country.

The initial estimated budget for the project was Nu 530 million (M), but it has now increased to Nu 610M. The government of India is funding the project.