BBS | Passang Dorji | October 27, 2023
After years of anticipation, construction of the Druk Bindu Hydropower Project is now officially underway. The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a crucial 4.5-kilometre access road to the Druk Bindu 1 and 2 powerhouses was held in Tendruk today. The project will be completed in two stages, Druk Bindu 1 and 2, with a combined installed capacity of 26 MW.
After more than a decade of discussions and planning, the hydropower potential of Tendruk will finally be harnessed.
Talks to initiate the project began in 2009. Initially, the Bhutan Power Corporation explored the project sites and suggested an installed capacity of 12 MW. However, in 2015, the Druk Green Power Corporation recommended an installed capacity of 18 MW, reflecting the growing energy needs and potential of the region. It was eventually approved for construction with an additional 8 MW to be taken up under the implementation of the Small Hydropower Projects, this year.
Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, DGPC’s Managing Director said, “currently the power supply for various places in Samtse comes all the way from Chhukha. In cases of power disruptions, the Druk Bindu project will help Samtse get a reliable power supply.”
Speaking at the ceremony, the Energy and Natural Resources Minister said the power supply will not only enhance the quality of life and boost economic prospects but also provide new job opportunities for Tendruk and nearby residents.
“We, the residents of Tendruk, are extremely happy with the commencement of the project. Most of the residents have been eagerly waiting for the project and they were even willing to give their lands for the project,” said Karma Wangchuk, a resident.
“With the start of the project, we expect to get more jobs and we are also anticipating a good business for business community in Tendruk. Moreover, we hope the project will also help enhance the local economy here,” said Sonam Dorji, who is also a resident.
Moreover, the Small Hydropower Projects are also expected to help develop the capacities of local construction companies. The Druk Bindu Hydropower Project will be taken up by Hi-Tech Company Private Limited.
The DGPC will be financing Nu 3.7 B required for the project.
The project is expected to be completed in three and a half years. Once complete, the project will benefit over 5,400 residents of Tendruk Gewog and the surrounding areas.