Tshering Namgyal | Mongar

More than two years ago, the people of Silambi and Gongdue gewogs were excited when they learned their drungkhag administration office would move from the makeshift hut to a concrete house.

The excitement has turned to disappointment today. The construction that began more than two years ago still remains incomplete.

“The work has been delayed without workers at the site, we wish it is completed,” a resident of Gongdue gewog, Tenzin said.

Residents also question the quality of construction work.

Silambi Gup Dorji Wangchuk said, “Due to exposure to continuous rainfall, the wooden parts like window frames have already started growing mushroom. This has a serious bearing on the quality and we have informed the dzongkhag to take action.”

The office block construction was supposed to be completed in 11 months and the meeting hall in 15 months. The contractor, Yongphel Builders was to complete the office block in July, 2021.  The project is worth Nu 8.09 million.

The contractor was given an extension until May 2022. When he failed to complete, the dzongkhag administration following the government’s reschedule notice extended the deadline to October this year.

Officials from dzongkhag engineering section said the contractor would be asked to replace the ruined parts and ensure the quality.

The site engineer, Tshering Gyeltshen said, “The contractor still has some time and we would make sure the quality is maintained.”

Meanwhile, the drungkhag did not have a drungpa for more than two years.

The issue was also raised in the recent dzongkhag tshogdu.

Silambi Gup Dorji Wangchuk said that the villagers were concerned about the absence of a leader in the drungkhag office.

He said the drungpa plays a critical role in maintaining the proper conduct among the civil servants and public, providing guidance and monitoring planned activities, among others.

“There’s no news about a replacement yet.”

Weringla drungkhag was established in 2005 to bring socio-economic development to the Silambi and Gongdue gewogs with a population of about 6,000 people.