Socio-Economic Benefits and Sustainability
THP was a significant contributor to the Bhutanese economy. Upon commissioning, the electricity sector’s GDP contribution to the country increased from about 13% to about 20%. The availability of more power spurred the growth of several domestic industries.
During the construction phase, THP helped the communities in the vicinity through infrastructural facilities such as schools, health units, communication, road connectivity, and trading. One such community is Gedu town which went through a dramatic transformation from an almost unpopulated area. Further, after the project’s commissioning, the THPA office complex and residential quarters in Gedu were used to set up a business college.
With the construction of Rinchentse lhakhang, the annual mani drup and tshechu are being conducted for the well-being of the employees and all sentient beings, and the efficient functioning of the plant.
THP continues to support the Druk Green “Being Green” initiative through regular landscaping and plantation activities. The plant is conscious of the need to maintain a sense of harmony with the community and environment. Further, THP sensitises the social and environmental issues that confront the hydropower sector, thereby ensuring a healthy and sustainable environment.