Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan is a small town on the Indo-Bhutan border, near Assam. The rapid growth in the last few years prompted the Municipality to prepare a Structure Plan for the town. The Master Plan focuses on developing Samdrup Jongkhar as a regional node for trade & commerce as well as a cultural center and administrative center of the district. The proposed master plan thus incorporates components such as a Town Center, a Commercial Center, an Administrative Complex, a Regional Sports Ground/ Complex, a Dry Port, and upgradation of Infrastructure Services. The Structure Plan includes detailed Landuse delineation, and Urban Design guidelines for some of the main areas of the town, including the proposed Town Center, Administrative area, and Commercial Center. Besides the Master Plan for the entire town, two detailed Local Area Plans were also made in conformance to the Master Plan. This exercise included reconstitution of plots, plot amalgamation and other land management strategies. It also included detailing out the infrastructure and public utilities systems. Development Control Regulations for Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan The Structure Plan for the town of Samdrup Jongkhar, Bhutan was accompanied by framing of the Development Control Regulations. This document included bye-laws for the various precincts and land use zones of the town, as well as detailed Urban Design guidelines for some of the main areas of the town, including the proposed Town Center, Administrative area, and Commercial Center. The Town Center Area was developed with mandatory building rules and architectural specifications. Both the projects were funded by the Department of Urban Development and Engineering Services (DUDES), Thimphu, Bhutan.
Nature of Project: Development Plan