Thimphu (/tɪmˈpuː/;Tibetan alphabet: ཐིམ་ཕུ[tʰimpʰu]), formerly spelled Thimbu, is the capital and largest city of Bhutan. It is situated in the western central part of Bhutan and the surrounding valley is one of Bhutan's dzongkhags, the Thimphu District. The city became the capital of Bhutan in 1961. As of 2011, it had a population of 91,000.
The city is spread out laterally in a north-south direction on the west bank of the valley formed by the Raidāk River, which is known as the Wang Chuu or Thimphu Chuu in Bhutan. Thimphu is spread over an altitudinal range between 2,248 metres (7,375ft) and 2,648 metres (8,688ft). Unusually for a capital city, Thimphu is not served by an airport, but relies on the Paro Airport connected by road some 54 kilometres (34mi) away.
Thimphu, as the political and economic center of Bhutan, has a dominant agricultural and livestock base, which contributes to 45% of the country's GNP. Tourism, though a contributor to the economy, is strictly regulated, maintaining a balance between the traditional, development and modernization. Thimphu contains most of the important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King, located to the north of the city. As a metropolis and capital city, Thimphu is coordinated by the "Thimphu Structure Plan", an Urban Development Plan which evolved in 1998 with the objective of protecting the fragile ecology of the valley. This development is ongoing with financial assistance from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
The RoadSafety and TransportAuthority’s (RSTA) office in Thimphu did not renew motor vehicle registration and roadworthiness certificates for more than 15 vehicle owners in the past two days ... “The Covid-19 pandemic also hampered the implementation of the regulations as well as outsourcing of emission test,” a senior transport officer said.
The Thimphu bus terminal at Lungtenzampa should be relocated with adequate urban transport infrastructure ... The recommendations follow findings of the RoyalAuditAuthority (RAA) report on Safe and Sustainable RoadTransportSystem 2022 ... “Encouraging people to use public transport will reduce pollution and other traffic problems.
A need to make decisions based on evidence and not presumption is being felt in the house ...First, except for Thimphu, public transport in other dzongkhags, except for taxis, is almost non-existent ... We first need to manage our waste as per the existing waste management laws across the country, not just in Thimphu ... Sonam Tshering. Lawyer, Thimphu ... .
With delayed sand supply from the Sha region in Wangdue, some of the transporters are found selling truckloads of sand at truck parking in Babesa, Thimphu at double the current rate ... A builder based in Thimphu said that the sand transported from Wangdue by the common pool vehicles is cheaper—Nu 14,000 for 10m3 truck.
The proprietor could have transferred the amount to the inspector’s bank account to pay for the loaders working at MDP and truck drivers who transported his imported goods ... “It was during Covid-19 pandemic that the transportation of goods from Phuentsholing to Thimphu were restricted,” he said.
FloraBhutan’s customers include some government offices, flower nurseries, and private individuals in Thimphu... Proprietor Sarad Gurung said that the movement restrictions in the dzongkhag made it difficult to transport compost to Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Punakha, and Wangdue.
Recently, close to 1,000 people launched a cleaning campaign in Thimphu... The flagship programme is expected to introduce waste segregation, collection, transportation, treatment, recovery, and disposal facilities throughout the country in a phased manner, starting with Thimphu.
Fares of public transport will increase from August 1, the second revision of the year. A taxi ride from Thimphu to Paro will cost Nu 324 which is an increase of Nu 27 from the existing fare ...The RoadSafety and TransportAuthority (RSTA) revises fares twice a year, in February and August.
Rajesh Rai . Phuentsholing. Wearing facemasks has been made mandatory in Phuentsholing. The Southern Covid-19 Task Force (SC19TF) announced this on July 28 ...Positive cases have also been detected from the community ... A transporter, who travels regularly between Thimphu and Phuentsholing, Ngawang Tenzin, said most Phuentsholing residents don’t wear masks.
Come January, residents of Thimphu can travel in a modern electric bus on the main city bus route ... The 27-seater bus with air conditioning will operate on Thimphu’s trunk line ... The experiences and lessons learned from operating it will be used in planning the next stages in the development of public transport in Thimphu, and in other cities.
Thinley Namgay ...TransportUnited FC is recruiting five foreign players, three from India, one each from Cameroon and Ghana. Transport’s coach Bikash Pradhan said that the recruits would join the club next week. ThimphuCity FC’s president Hishey Tshering said the club is signing one player each from Japan and Spain. .