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Amochu land reclamation taking shape


Jan 25, 2011

The Amochu land reclamation project is finally taking shape. Phuentsholing city officials said the Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited of India, to which the Druk Holding and Investments (DHI), the investment wing of the government, has awarded the consultancy service contract, has already started the work.

The work includes developing project implementation plan, conducting technical and economic feasibility study, environmental and social impact assessment and socio-economic viability of the project.

The project will reclaim about 870 acres of land along the banks of Amochu River beginning from a place called Purbey till the international border downstream. The stretch is about nine kilometers.

The Chief Engineer of the Phuentsholing City Corporation said the project will begin by training the river, which has been eating away more and more land year by year. It will also help the city corporation save a huge amount of money on flood mitigation works every year.

The project will be developed on Public Private Partnership model with government representing the public partner and private investors representing the private side. D.C. Dhimal said DHI who has been given the responsibility of taking the project forward is looking for potential investors, both local and foreign.

A new town will be developed on the reclaimed area. This will ease pressure on the existing cramped Phuentsholing town which literally has no space for expansion.

The reclaimed area will be divided into three zones. Zone A for residential, institutional and commercial, zone B for residential and river front development and Zone C for low rise commercial and residential apartments.

The hillock on the right bank of Amochu River has been identified as one of the areas that would be turned into tourist spot to attract visitors from neighboring Indian states.

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