As a part of promotion of sports, the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) desired to upgrade the facilities and infrastructures at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, which provides sporting activities for archery, cricket and football. The government desired for a floodlighting system.
Thus, Druk Green was directed to coordinate the project.
RGoB had planned to provide proper lighting facilities at the Stadium since 2006-07. After many studies were completed, the cost involved in installing such lighting system was found to be very high because of which the project couldn’t be materialised.
Following the visit of Mr Ratan Tata to Bhutan in February 2010, the subject of Tata Group assisting Bhutan was taken up. Tata Power Company Limited of India agreed to undertake the project as a Corporate Social Responsibility, thereby bearing the full expense of installing the floodlights at the Changlimithang stadium and provided it to Bhutan as a grant.
For the same, Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Druk Green Power Corporation Limited, Bhutan Olympic Committee (BOC) and Tata Power Company Limited on July 26, 2011.
Tata Power contracted the work to Bajaj Electricals Limited, India. Druk Green was entrusted to co-ordinate between Tata Power and RGoB for pursuing this project and other projects of common interest to RGoB and the Tata Group.
Total cost of installing the four 2 KW lighting fixtures at the stadium by Tata Power amounted to Rs. 13.23 million, which included procurement of goods from India like high masts, poles, luminaries, lamps, cables, main lighting panels, control gear racks, and all associated accessories. It also includes transportation charges, spares and performing other services.
Druk Green, in coordinating with BOC, Bhutan Power Corporation Limited, RGoB and other government departments and agencies, was to arrange for 415 volts, 3-phase, 4 core supply from the substation to the base of every high mast for the football ground, and 451 volts, 3-phase, 4 core supply from the substation to the feeder pillar for the archery range, including alignment of storm water drain around the football ground.
Druk Green supervised the flood lighting work carried out by the contractor. Druk green was also required to divert or remove any drains, cables and underground and above ground obstacles which may cause hindrance for the execution of the project.
Total cost of services rendered by Druk Green in carrying out the underground power supply networking works for the complete lighting system accrued to Nu. 1.38 million.
The floodlighting work was completed in 2011.