IDC: Work to cut a 4.6km multi-purpose trail from Kuenselphodrang Nature Park to Motithang began on July 4, coinciding with the International Day of Co-operatives.

About 40 volunteers including dessups, Clean Bhutan members and some tour operators participated in the first day of the construction. The trail will be built with the help of volunteers and donations from local community.

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, who joined the community, said constructing the trail manually using pickaxe and spade would be good for the environment. He said the hard work of the volunteers would be recognised as the trail will be helpful to many.

“When we do it manually, we can protect the environment; when machines are used, the environment is damaged,” Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay said.


The multi-purpose trail will also serve as a fire line

The trail will be used as access trail to combat forest fire incidents in the area apart from using it for walking and biking. Lyonchoen said the main objective of the 1.5-meter wide trail is to serve the purpose of a fire line.

This is the second phase of the trail. In the first phase, a 3.5 km trail was constructed from Kuenselphodrang to Debsi that was completed in May this year. It cost around Nu 1,860,000.

Kuenselphodrang park manager, Ugyen Dorji said he couldn’t say how the work will take since it’s done by volunteers.

“If it doesn’t go well, we may have to contract it out like phase one,” said Ugyen Dorji. “As of now there is no fund for the construction of the phase two and the ministry may have to look for funds if the work does not progress.”

The plan is to construct a 60 km multi-purpose trail around Thimphu by December this year. The prime minister and agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji inaugurated the trail.

By Dechen Tshomo


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