A township development area has been identified for the people of Tshangchuthang in Samdrupjongkhar.

Samdrupcholing drungpa, Lobzang Dorji, said the present town is located on a high-risk flood zone and has no development space.

“We have already completed the construction of a 250-cubic metre water tank, internal road and started electrification. Plot distribution would soon follow,” Lobzang Dorji said. He added that a committee would be formed for the plot distribution.

Lobzang Dorji said that the committee would decide whether to give plots to those shopkeepers from other dzongkhags who have been doing business in Tshangchuthang or to those who own land near the new township. Priorities will be worked out.

“We will distribute the plots in consultation with the dzongkahg and National Land Commission after the getting the approval from human settlement ministry,” said Lobzang Dorji.

The 21-acre land will have 63 plots.

The shopkeeper, who has been doing business in Koipani for more then last 10 years, said that shopkeepers welcome the township development news.

The township will benefit almost 7,000 people. Samdrupcholing is about 68km from Samdrupjongkhar.

Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupcholing