Phurpa Lhamo | Wangdue

Construction of a drinking water supply line for residents of Nobding town, Wangdue began in late March this year.

This is the first of many structures and facilities for Nobding since it was identified as a yenlag throm (satellite town).

According to Wangdue dzongkhag Urban Planner Cheki Wangchuk the structure and local area plan for Nobding yenlag throm was approved in 2018.

He said that structures such as internal roads, sewerage drainage systems, streetlights and footpaths among others would be carried out in the next 20 years, between 2017-2037.

“Right now, we have completed re-plotting and demarcation of the land. We have also issued new lagthrams to the people.”

While reservoir tanks would be built and water would be brought to Nobding, construction of distribution lines will begin after service duct construction completes.

Dzongkhag planning officer Jigme Dorji said that the water supply would benefit more than 2,000 residents of Nobding.

Currently, the residents depend on smaller water sources, which is insufficient. The new water source at Lachuka is located around 7km away from Nobding. The project worth Nu 27.28 million (M) is funded through small development projects.

As part of the yenlag throm, officials are also trying to have an oil distributor operate in Nobding.

Cheki Wangchuk said that the yenlag throm would also consist of eco-trails, and parks for the residents. “Our vision for the throm is to build a vibrant and socially harmonious town which will act as a regional centre or hub for Gangtey, Dangchu, Phobji and Sephu.”

The yenlag throm covers 85.94 acres.

Meanwhile, the need for waste management and collection system in Nobding was also raised during the 10th dzongkhag tshogdu (DT) session held this month.

Dangchu Gup Pemba raised concerns over the lack of budget for the waste management system in Nobding. Most Nobding residents currently burn their waste.

Planning officer Jigme Dorji said that a proper waste management system plan would be executed through the national waste flagship programme in the next financial year.

He said that either a dumping ground in the community or an integrated waste collection system with Bajo would be made.

“If it is integrated with Bajo, the vehicle will go from here, which is expensive. So we are hoping for a dumping ground there.”

Edited by Tshering Palden