India provides Nu 2,792 million as development assistance

Under construction: Mother & Child Hospital in Thimphu


The Government of India released Nu 2,792 million in September this year for key development projects being implemented across the country.

These bilateral projects are being executed in sectors such as road infrastructure, urban development, youth development, agriculture, industrial development, and health infrastructure and culture preservation.

For the 12th plan period, the government of India has committed an amount of Nu 45,000 million, which is being utilized for the implementation of 82 project-tied assistance projects, 524 high impact community development projects and program grant support.

Further, an amount of Nu 4000 million is being committed towards transitional trade support facility to develop trade infrastructure and trade governance mechanisms in the country.

For the development of 379 high impact community development projects, spread across all 20 Dzongkhags, an amount of Nu 965.25 million has been released. These small development projects are being implemented by respective local governments in the fields of agriculture, health, education and community development.

An amount of Nu 624.35 million has been released for the project tied assistance projects like the ‘blacktopping of 20 Gewog Centre Roads’.

The Project is being implemented by respective Dzongkhag administrations of Chukha, Dagana, Samtse, Mongar, Thimphu, Pemagatshel, Samdrupjongkhar, Sarpang, Trashigang, and Zhemgang.

The release also includes a budgetary support of Nu 425 million as ‘program grant’ to facilitate the royal government in implementing its development initiatives.

Other projects supported by this release are reconstruction of Wangduephodrang Dzong, Water Flagship Project, Construction of 150 bedded Mother and Child Hospital – Thimphu, Waste Flagship Project, and Development of Sports infrastructure in Bhutan.

In addition the Government Initiated Network Project, Development of Dhamdhum Industrial Park, Augmentation of existing Technical Training Institutes & Institutes of ZorigChusum to Vocational colleges, and the Construction of Talingthang to Dramaling road are also covered under this grant.

“The government of India remains firmly committed to working together with the government and the people of the Kingdom of Bhutan in advancing our close and unique ties of friendship and cooperation,” Indian embassy sources wrote.