More than 1,000 people gathered for the final day of the five-day inaugural puja at the newly constructed Shivalaya Mandir in Gelephu yesterday.
The mandir constructed upon the command of His Majesty The King was consecrated yesterday. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and information and communication minister DN Dhungyel attended the ceremony.
Lyonchhen congratulated the public for receiving the mandir as a gift from His Majesty. “Always remember to pray for the good health and long life of His Majesty The King,” he said.
The temple, Shivalaya Yagyaswor Mahadev Mandir, was constructed within a year. It is a replica of the Shivalaya temple in Samtse. Lyonchhen said that the temple was needed in Gelephu for the Hindu community as a place of worship.
People from Dagana, Tsirang, Thimphu and Sarpang attended the inaugural session.
Lyonchhen also said that the Shiva temple in Jomotsangkha, Samdrupjongkhar, which is in need of maintenance, would soon be renovated. The Hindu temple in Thimphu, whose construction deadline has been missed several times, is due to be complete in a month’s time, he said.
In the afternoon, Lyonchhen also visited Umling gewog and inaugurated the new Gelephu drungkhag administration office. This was a much-awaited relocation from Gelephu to Umling’s Thangzor village.
Construction of the office began in November 2015. In Umling, the drungkhag office is at proximity to four gewogs of Umling, Chuzargang, Tareythang and Serzhong.
During monsoon when the Taklia river swells, Gelephu remains cut off, hampering public services from the drungkhag office. One of the residents Nima said that now that the drungkhag is in their locality, availing services such as census registration and land records would be easier.
The relocation of the drungkhag happened after several Dzongkhag Tshogdu sittings. It was finalised in the fifth sitting during the last Local Government’s tenure. Relocating the drungkhag office was one of the pledges of the government.
Nirmala Pokhrel | Tsirang