Exploring usage of underground space

Staff Reporter, Thimphu

About 52 officials  from  Ministry  of Works and Human Settlement, Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs,  Construction   Development   Corporation,   DHI  Infra, Dagachhu   Hydro  Power  Corporation   and  Druk  Green  Power  Corporation (DGPC) attended the two-day training on ‘Conventional Tunnelling’ that concluded yesterday.
The training, conducted by DGPC in collaboration with ITA and ITACET Foundation (Foundation for Education and Training on Tunnelling and Underground Space Use), aims to develop a critical mass of human resource with expertise in underground construction.
The media release from DGPC states that the present  use of underground space is only by the hydropower sector and that Bhutan would   one  day  need  to  use  its  underground    space   for  transport, emergency   shelter,  storage,   parking,  water  and  waste  management, and  even  living.
The six trainers, meanwhile, were sponsored by ITACET Foundation with DGPC bearing their local expenses. Jaiprakash Associates, Hindustan Construction Company, Ugen Earthmovers and Atlas Copco were others that supported the training that was held at Library and IT Building of Royal Institute of Management in Semtokha, Thimphu.
Meanwhile, DGPC represents Bhutan as a member of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA).

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