Pasakha Industrial Estate

Bhutan - ཕ་ས་ཁ་སྒྱེ་རྩོང་ས།

Pasakha Industrial Estate Bhutan ཕ་ས་ཁ་སྒྱེ་རྩོང་ས། पसाखा औद्योगिक क्षेत्र 帕萨卡工业园区 منطقة باساखा الصناعية 파사카 공업단지 パサカ工業団地

Pasakha Industrial Estate, situated 18 kilometers from Phuentsholing, has emerged as an ideal destination for mineral-based industries in Bhutan. Boasting proximity to quarries supplying essential raw materials like quartz, dolomite, and limestone within a 100-kilometer radius, the estate’s strategic advantage is undeniable. Its location at the international border with India facilitates seamless transportation of finished products and imported raw materials, making it a preferred choice for industries exporting to Indian and European markets.

Industrial Growth and Environmental Challenges at Pasakha Industrial Estate

Since its establishment in 1986, Pasakha has evolved into Bhutan’s primary industrial town, attracting investments exceeding Nu 2.6 billion. Home to major industries such as Bhutan Carbide and Chemicals, Bhutan Ferro Alloys Limited, and Tashi Carbon, the region’s allure extends to the availability of inexpensive electricity. However, with growth comes challenges, particularly in the realm of environmental impact. Around 46% of industries within Pasakha Industrial Estate are air-polluting, contributing to ambient air quality deterioration in the valley due to poor pollutant dispersion.

In a groundbreaking move, Bhutan is set to establish its largest dry port, the Mega Dry Port (MDP), in Pasakha. Strategically positioned near Pasakha Industrial Estate and the Bhutan-India border at Allay land customs station, the MDP aims to address logistical challenges faced by the country. Funded by the Government of India under the trade support facility program, the port will cover 15.06 acres and is estimated to cost Nu 1.7 billion.

Facilitating Trade and Addressing Logistical Challenges

The Mega Dry Port project, undertaken in three phases, commenced with the construction of a 1.2km length boundary RCC wall. Expected to be completed by the end of 2021, the port will provide essential facilities for import and export activities, reducing transit times and freight costs. This initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to enhancing trade and improving logistical facilities, ensuring a smoother process for businesses engaged in cross-border trade. Similar dry ports are also in the pipeline for development in Gelephu and Nganglam, marking a significant stride in Bhutan’s infrastructure and trade facilitation efforts.

As Bhutan progresses towards becoming a key player in regional trade, the development of Pasakha Industrial Estate and the Mega Dry Port signifies a strategic move towards sustainable industrial growth and enhanced trade facilitation in the country.

Additional Details for Pasakha Industrial Estate

  • Total area: 267 acres
  • Workforce: 3,500
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