Dhamdhum and Norbugang Industrial Parks Thrive with Indian Support

In a significant stride towards industrial growth, Bhutan’s Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Employment (MoICE), Namgyal Dorji, unveiled plans for major upgrades in the Dhamdhum Industrial Park (DIP) and the Norbugang industrial park. Highlighting India’s pivotal role in supporting this development, Minister Dorji emphasized the strides taken in the 13th Plan during a press briefing held on March 29.

Initiated during the 11th Plan, the industrial park’s progress has been notable, with phases A and B already completed and Phase C underway. Minister Dorji underscored the pivotal role of infrastructure development, including roads, water supply systems, and boundary walls, all of which have been meticulously constructed to facilitate industrial growth.

Responding to queries regarding delays in the project, the minister assured prompt investigations to address the concerns.

With meticulous planning dating back to 2015-2016, the infrastructure plans have been tailored to foster the growth of clean-tech industries. Clean-tech industries, known for their environmentally friendly practices, are at the forefront of the nation’s industrial agenda.

Private entrepreneurs have already shown keen interest, occupying nearly two-thirds of the available slots. This demonstrates a burgeoning confidence in Bhutan’s industrial potential.

Dhamdhum, initially spanning 349 acres, was realigned to 342 acres to accommodate infrastructural necessities. Similarly, Norbugang, with an earmarked 195-acre area, aims to foster ferro-industries, with plans to establish six ferrosilicon plants by 2025.

Crucially, India’s support has been instrumental in fueling Bhutan’s industrial aspirations. With a contribution of Nu 300 million towards the project, India’s assistance underscores the robust bilateral ties and shared commitment to regional development.

Highlighting Samtse’s strategic importance as an industrial hub, Minister Dorji emphasized plans for the Gawadrong dry port, poised to bolster connectivity and trade opportunities.

The estimated cost for infrastructure development in Norbugang is approximately Nu 3.6 billion, with significant allocations for roads, water facilities, and electricity infrastructure. These investments are poised to stimulate economic growth and job creation, driving Bhutan towards self-reliance and sustainability.

India’s continued partnership in Bhutan’s industrial journey reaffirms the enduring bond between the two nations. As Bhutan marches towards industrial excellence, strengthened collaborations promise a brighter, more prosperous future for both nations and the region at large.

Bhutan’s efforts in industrial estate development across various regions, including Chukha, Mongar, Thimphu, Samdrupjongkhar, Sarpang, and Samtse, underscore its commitment to fostering a robust economic ecosystem. With India’s steadfast support, Bhutan’s industrial dreams are set to soar to greater heights, marking a testament to the power of collaborative endeavors in shaping a prosperous future.

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