The development of a craft village in Changzamdongthang, Thimphu, by the agency for promotion of indigenous craft (APIC), is yet to begin because of road diversion work, which is expected to be completed within five months.
APIC is now asking for its allotted five acres of land in Changzamdongthang, which is used as truck parking to be emptied as soon as possible for the craft village.
“Once the road diversion is completed, we will start our work of developing craft village in Changzamdongthang. But before that, we want these 5 acres of land to be cleared because it is not a truck parking,” said Lam Kezang Chhoephel, Chief executive Officer of APIC.
Lam Kezang also said, “So many proposals were made about this 5 acres of land, some wanted it as truck parking while few wanted it as fuel station which is currently located in Chubachu.”
Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee agreed that this land is not allotted as truck parking and it belongs to the government. “We are constructing truck parking at Babesa,” he said.
An Engineer from Thimphu thromde said, “A truck parking accommodating 50 trucks is almost completed. Once it’s completed, all the trucks would be parked there”.
Lam Kezang said, “APIC aims to develop craft village comprising small traditional houses to orient production to meet increasing demand of the visitors to this site while strengthening their cultural values. The project worth Nu 180 mn is funded by the Government of India under Project Tied Assistance (PTA).