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Satellite town status eludes Dagapela

Jun 27, 2015

DaganaTownFor many years, locals expected Dagapela to be a thriving town in Dagana. Instead, it was Lhamoidzingkha that was declared as the Yenlag Thromde. The decision has disappointed many of them.

They say Dagapela town has more potential to be a Yenlag Thromde than Lhamoidzingkha. According to them, it is ideally located and could benefit not only the shopkeepers, but also people of five gewogs under the Dzongkhag.“Lhamoidzingkha has only three gewogs,” said Dagapela’s Business Community Tshogpa, Nado.

A resident of Dagapela, Karna Bahadur Dahal said they were told not to build new houses. “We are living in such a poor condition. We could have built new houses.”

Dagapela has not seen any development till now. The town needs infrastructures like roads, waste management, and drainage system, among others.

Dagapela’s Gup, Bal Bahadur Rana said the proposal for Dagapela to be a satellite town was turned down twice in Dzonkhag Tshogdu because of water problem. “If government had fulfilled their pledge to solve water problem, this would not have happened.”

He said one of the ministers had promised to send some technical people in December, last year. “But no one has come till now.”

In the meantime, gups of five gewogs, including the Chairperson of the Dzongkhag Tshogdu, have also expressed their support to merge Dagapela town with Dagana town.

The proposal will be sent soon to the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement after Dzongkhag Tshogdu endorses it. Bal Bahadur Rana says a merger is the alternative if Dagapela town is to thrive.

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