Three gates are presently under construction in Thimphu supervised by the Chardi Committee. The main purpose for the construction of these gates are to commemorate the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo. The gates will have unique and traditional designs with many religious features.
Out of three gates, two gates (on the way to Changlimithang) are handled by the Thimphu Thromde and the one at the entrance to Thimphu city is handled by the Department of National Properties (DNP).
The Executive Secretary,Thimphu Thromde, Minjur Dorji said every time when there is an event, the temporary structure of gates has to be made and dismantled after the event is over, which is a recurring sort of activity.
“For any development work, there will be some disturbance, and nobody desires for such type of disturbance in terms of traffic or drainage work or any construction,” he said.
He added that the gates, after completion, will provide for a two-way traffic. He said the permanent gates as it will last for many years.
Emphasizing on the specific location for the construction, he said, “We have to erect this gate in these locations for all the major events, like visits of dignitaries and for the occasional events like His Majesty’s Birthday.”
The construction of the two gates is expected to be completed by the mid-October and the estimated budget is nearly Nu 3.5mn.
Meanwhile, Director General, DNP, Nima Tshering said that the construction of a traditional gate with religious figures is one of the activities under the Chardi Committee.
The construction that started two months ago is expected to complete by mid-September. The construction is closely supervised by the Chairman of Chardi Sub-Committee Dasho (Dr) Sonam Tenzin.
The estimated budget for the construction of the gate is Nu 1.1mn. Other than the gate construction the Chardi Committee will be pitching the tents and renovating the Dechencholing Palace gate and decorating the Changlimithang gates.
There are many activities and infrastructure development taking place throughout the country to celebrate His Majesty the Fourth King’s birthday.
Chief Environment Officer, Thimphu Thromde, Tshering Peljor said that the Thromde will be constructing a fence around Olakha park, constructing 2 water ponds at Zilukha and a water fountain at the Coronation Park.
“Also viewing deck in Coronation Park, landscaping near Chubachu stream, installation of gardens and open air benches and many more, like construction of railings in roundabouts and coordination on construction of Thuenpashi,” he said.