In 2013, I've first walked into this place to be an Educator. It's all about my fate to be in this beautiful place - much untouched from destruction, much isolated and many unexplored nature for human benefits and consumption. Back then Zhemgang was a beautiful place.
|Soil erosion - BPC tower|
Of course, many things have changed and progressed after my arrival. But, not to this extend of progress. The one that I felt much concern with the establishment of 'New Electric Tower' on mountain top, where the land feature is not suitable to hold these heavy equipment’s and machinery. Once it was a place to remember for its serene nature, a place that has everything intact - from abundant fresh air to greenery. Once it was a heavenly place for countless lives and now it has become a place beyond mention.
Who should be held answerable for this big environmental causes that can't be repaired with the whole funding that has been incur to build this tower? Should we say 'Government of India or Royal government of Bhutan' for investing to cause this debase work? If it is our government, who have unwisely used the money, no doubt we're digging our own grave yard.
|BPC tower - 2016|
|Landslide - July 2016|
In the hope of few happiness or development we're losing our pristine nature that can't be even regenerated for centuries. With this kinds of human actions in place we're simply losing our nature that gives everything. Perhaps, in the name of country's development are we not creating black mark everywhere without any planned planning? Indeed, we've already lost enough of our environment to developmental activities which can't be undo by any special force. And still we're extracting, how far shall we continue and prolong our unplanned damage.
I know if the Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan would have barred the funding agencies from environmental clearance issues, this mountain erosion would have not occurred and caused this corrupt damages. If money can buy everything no doubt Bhutan will become next SINGAPORE in few years but where do we stand on only Carbon NEGATIVE country in the world. Isn't it a shameful activities we are planning everywhere. Of course, nothing can substitute the beauty of this mountain but there are other option still left for a wise planner for not aiming to dig and extract this kind of sloppy and unstable mountain in future.
|In 2014, this same spot looks like this - Tshogyal sir (pic)|
|Land destruction - opposite to Zhemgang Dzong|
It is my belief that our concern agencies would have sold this mountain top to counterpart in good faith - based on the primeval conditions are made. Hope the laws that are made aren't go in vain. Therefore, should we chose to withhold the work progress that has brought enough destruction or penalize based on the environmental laws, can it substitute all the damages. I could see careless and unwise planning that has stand out into this electric tower; one not being ethical and the other not being visionary.
But one thing I can assure here without hesitation is countless money will flow in after the project is done, the view at the end of the construction will be consummate but where are we heading for the world's big idea of Carbon Supply.
|Night view of Zhemgang Town from mountain-top 2014|
|View of Zhemgang - Tshogyal sir (pic2014)|