14th December 2023:
The Phuntshopelri Water Project, Gomtu, Samtse. A RGoB-De-suung National Service partnership project.
The project was proposed to augment the existing scheme where the existing source was insufficient due to increased population and decreased source yield in recent times. To overcome these issues, the Gewog Administration has proposed this project to be augmented by identifying new, perennial, and reliable water source that could cater to present as well as future water demands for communities and neighboring areas.
The project was a collaborative effort between the Desuung National Service, the Dzongkhag Administration, Samtse, and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MoIT). The project’s scope was significant, intending to serve 85 households, 71 in Lhachuthang and 14 in Gombadara benefiting 447 people.
The project was inaugurated on 14th December 2023, and formally handed over to beneficiary Gewog. The inauguration ceremony was honored by Dasho Dzongdag, Dzongkhag Administration, Samtse as chief guest, and officials from MoIT, Dzongkhag and gewog Administration, Desuung office, RBA, and relevant stakeholders.
Throughout the construction period, a dedicated team of 70 De-suups worked tirelessly with support from the Royal Bhutan Army (RBA) and technical experts from the Dzongkhag Administration and MoIT involving a huge transmission line of 10.34kms before the onset of the Monsoon Season with the total budget of Nu.3.4 Million