A mule track still is an issue of concern in parliament

Khatoed-Laya MP Tenzin

SHERAB DORJI

Thimphu

The Member of Parliament (MP), Tenzin from Khatoed-Laya constituency in Gasa, questioned Lyonpo Yeshey Penjor, Minister for Agriculture and Forest (MoAF), on the realignment and widening of the mule track from Laya to Lunana and requested for widening of the mule track and construction of camps along the way during the ongoing National Assembly (NA) session.

The MP said the initiative will not only help the people of Gasa but also around 20 Gewogs which falls under the protected area of Jigme Dorji National Park.

MP Tenzin said that it will also benefit trekking routes like the Snowman run trail which stretches from Gasa to Bumthang where it is also a source of income for the highlanders.

“I am thankful to the Royal Government of Bhutan, MoAF and Jigme Dorji National Park for always helping the people and am not saying the hiking trial is in bad condition but I hope government will do the widening of the mule track for Laya to Lunana for the convenience of the people,” the MP said.

He further shared that due to the increase of developmental activities for the highlanders it has now become necessary for them to have a proper mule tracks. He added that the struggles the people face while transporting goods and services is a cause for concern.  

It takes around seven days from Laya to Lunana where the construction of the camps along the trial for the travellers were seen crucial according to the Khatoed-Laya MP.  

The MP also requested to initiate in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-2022 or if not it should be initiated and look forward in the next FY.   

Lyonpo said that the realignment and widening has been initiated and put forward in the FY 2021-2022 as it will not only help Laya-Lunana specifically but also other parts of the country.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the initiation was put into the next FY after doing thorough research by Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC).

Lyonpo said, “Though we have submitted in the current FY but due to the Covid-19 pandemic the GNHC has decided to take in the next FY.”

Meanwhile, the people of Gasa, will have to wait till the next FY to have a proper track which will also include trekking routes in their Dzongkhag.