Nim Dorji | Trongsa

After years of waiting, residents of Taktse will soon have a basic health unit (BHU) in their locality.

With the contractor, who got the work to construct the BHU, the inauguration ceremony for the construction of the access was done on January 25, works are expected to begin within this week.

Nu 16 million (M) has been approved for the BHU grade II construction through the government of India’s small development project fund. About five acres of land was identified for the BHU construction.

Drakteng gup Kinzang Dorji said it took few years to start the construction, as they had to discuss about the change in design of the BHU in dzongkhag tshogdu.

He said not many contractors participated in the tender award, which delayed the work award. “Tendering work was done three times.”

The construction is supposed to complete next year and residents of Taktse will not have to travel to Trongsa or Kuengarabten to avail medical services once it completes.

The residents, as of today, travel more than 20km to reach Trongsa hospital and about 5km towards Kuengarabten BHU.

The BHU will benefit the residents of three villages of Taktse, Tashidingkha, and Euesa, College of Language and Culture Studies(CLCS), Taktse Central School and Tashidingkha Primary School.

Residents availed services from the health clinic instituted near CLCS a few years ago but they could not avail all medical services.

A village tshogpa, Rinzin, said the location of the BHU is in the centre of the three villages, school and the CLCS. “Everyone will benefit.”