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Same old Jomotshangkha

Feb 24, 2012

Jomotsangkha town in Samdrup Jongkhar has enormous potential for trade and commerce. The town connects the two Indian States of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. However, inadequate infrastructure development remains a bottleneck. Some of the buildings, which are over 40 years, remain in a dilapidated state.

Without a proper plan for development and expansion, residents keep wondering what is next. Some of the old buildings are at the verge of falling apart.

Residents told our reporter,Kinzang Yeshey, that not much has changed except for its name. Development has been slow. Business people and residents have been told of infrastructure facilities while, existing structures rot and fall.

The town does not have a representative to represent them anywhere. Jomtsangkha is the Dungkhag Centre, has a school and host of other government offices. The town caters to three Gewogs of Langchenphug, Serthi and Lauri.

“Tourists who visited this place forty years ago said it has remained the same. I feel if the Jomori which is a big river is tapped for hydro-power generation, it will bring opportunity for everyone in this town,” said Younten Thinley, a businessman.

The town is located at the mid-point bordering the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The town has daily visitors and tourists from the two states. The hindu temple also attracts several visitors. The suspension bridge close by the town is a tourist site. The annual Jampani Tshechu draws hundreds of visitors from across the border. Residents say it’s high time for the town to grow with better facilities.

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