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Replacing the Lungtenzampa Bridge with a new one is one of the 12th Plan activities planned for Thimphu thromde, Thimphu thrompon, Kinlay Dorjee said.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee shared this at a public consultation on January 23 in Thimphu.

Lungtenzampa Brigde

Lungtenzampa Brigde

He said the thromde received a budget of Nu 2.5 billion for the 11th Plan and about Nu 5 billion is expected for the 12th Plan. “Even if it costs Nu 1 billion for the bridge, we are planning to build a new one.”

Plans to build new satellite hospitals, centenary markets, footpaths and relocating fuel stations were also shared.

Construction of a centenary market each at Jungshina and Olakha has begun.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that the old school at Changbangdo would be demolished for a two-storied building for car park and a market. “The centenary market should include meat shops and we also received suggestions to have tailoring shops and salons. We will take this into consideration.”

The thromde also plans for a centenary market and a satellite hospital at Taba.

The satellite hospital is expected to provide service to those with minor health problems, which otherwise come to the national referral hospital. Thromde also has plans for a satellite hospital at Changiji and Babesa.

Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee said that construction of footpaths from Lungtenzampa has begun.

He added that today about Nu 15 million is invested in constructing footpaths in the city. “We also plan to construct footpaths along the river.”

Thrompon also shared concerns regarding the increasing number of vehicles, vehicle congestion and increasing pollution due to vehicle emission.

City bus service within the city should solve almost all the problem of vehicles, the Thrompon said. City bus services provided to two schools in Thimphu catered to about 1,000 students and expanding the service was encouraged, he said. “We did talk about this to the finance ministry but we haven’t received a response yet.”

Construction of a four-way expressway with two ways reserved for buses were also expressed. To further reduce the congestion problem, relocating fuel stations were also suggested.

Works for larger projects have begun, said Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee. “A community based planning by understanding the need of people is done for the 12th Plan. It is possible and we can make Thimphu city an exemplary city.”

Phurpa Lhamo

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