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).