The villagers of Sadumadu in Phuentsholing gewog, which is around two hours walk from the main town in Phuentsholing, desperately want a farm road to reach to the village.
Residents say their village is still isolated, while the nearby villages are connected with roads. And though the Phuentsholing and Logchina gewogs’ connectivity road passes near the village, they say their village is isolated.
According to the villagers, a farm road has become necessary especially during emergencies. They still carry their essential commodities from the nearest road, which is an hour walk.
“If we have a road, it would encourage the farmers to cultivate cash crops and earn as the land is very fertile apart from helping to reach the goods,” a resident, D. K. Mongar, said.
Another desperate farmer, Momta Mongar, 32, said as the village expects many constructions to come up, people need to transport their materials to the sites, which would be costlier without a road.
She said the labor shortage to transport goods also adds to their problem even if they are willing to pay the asked amount to carry the goods.
The farm road, if it ever sees the light of day, would benefit more than 28 households. The road would also help the villagers of Darjaygang, who have their lands in Sadumadu.
The villagers added that without a farm road, they are unable to cultivate cash crops and that transport costs are exorbitant. They say they have to pay Nu 2 per kilogram to reach the nearest road and Nu 2 more to reach Phuentsholing market.
A farmer, Sonam Tharchen, 38, said while the area has land of most of the Darjaygang farmers, around half of the people don’t practice farming.
“If we get a road, we will work,” he said, adding that the road has become necessary mostly during the emergencies.
Pachhu Chiwog Tshogpa, Prem Bdr. Mongar said the works on the construction of the road was stalled without public clearance from the people, which resulted in the diversion for the funds to other activities.
The Phuentsholing Gewog Administration had conducted a provisional survey two weeks ago after acquiring public clearance from the villagers. The activity, being unplanned, needs additional budget. This is not with the gewog administration.
Phuentsholing Gup, Birkha Bdr. Rai, however, said the road construction works will be started from the 12th Plan.
“Around 2.5 kilometers of the road is expected to cost not more than Nu 1mn. The road is of course necessary. But there is no budget now. We will construct if we receive ad-hoc budget,” he said.
The concern for the road, meanwhile, was also raised to home minister Dawa Gyeltshen during his visit in January this year.
The home minister then asked the gewog administration to study the feasibility and submit a report to the ministry of home and cultural affairs.
Krishna Ghalley from Phuentsholing