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Watch | Gelephu megacity goals | Bhutan PM interview | Worldview

This week we’re Bhutan, India’s smallest and most reclusive neighbour, that not often will get spoken about.

But now, with an announcement made in December by the Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck is hoping to make an enormous splash, with the creation of the Gelephu Mindfulness City (GMC) to its south bordering Assam.

The plan for Gelephu contains:

Developing about 2,000 sq. kms of Bhutanese territory as a carbon-negative Special Administrative Region, attracting buyers and repair business giants to arrange there. A Danish agency has already been chosen and is engaged on plans for buildings, bridges, markets and a dam.

Building a brand new airport to exchange the present airstrip- this is without doubt one of the most cost-intensive tasks, and Indian officers have already visited for feasibility research.

Special services to herald IT corporations, well being, hospitality, educations sectors particularly.

Investment in infrastructure and connectivity – India has already dedicated to a rail line proper as much as Gelephu, a Rs. 1,000 crore venture, transit commerce, border checkpoint services for commerce and upgrading roads to the North East and Bangladesh, the trination freeway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally introduced a doubling of Bhutan’s outlay for the subsequent 5 yr plan, from Rs 5,000 crore to 10,000, of which about Rs 1,500 crore is a part of an financial stimulus plan for Bhutan.

The plan for Gelephu as a megacity will not be new. Many nations have such plans, like Saudi Arabia’s NEOM; Indonesia’s Nusantara; Egypt’s New Administrative Capital; India had the formidable Amravati venture which was shelved; Pakistan has Gwadar Port and City- constructed by China; Sri Lanka’s Hambantota Port venture, which has now been leased to China as a consequence of monetary losses.

We spoke to Bhutan’s PM Tshering Tobgay, and requested him how possible this plan for Gelephu is, and learn how to keep away from the pitfalls of turning into a white elephant.

Script and presentation: Suhasini Haidar

Production: Shibu Narayan

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