Bhutan: With an aim to develop standard addressing system in the capital city, Thimphu, Bhutan Post and Thimphu City Corporation jointly undertook a project to create a proper addressing system. To start with, they have recruited a group of enumerators to collect data like household numbers, type of building, year of construction, building size, etc. “Besides this, we are collecting information on population of Thimphu Thromde, and on the status of infrastructure, ” GIS officer of Thimphu district municipality, Sonam Tashi, said.
According to Tashi, if the project is completed successfully, it will contribute to national development, through facilitation of business and trade activities, door-to-door delivery system, assistance for reliable and efficient sorting and mostly define individual addressing system for better delivery of services to people. The project has wider implication for service providing agencies, city dwellers and tourists. It will also be essential for disaster mitigation, utilities, tax appraisal, zoning, census, locating agency clients, voting precincts and accident information.
Bhutan Post managing director Tseten Geltshen said, “This project will be faster and more accurate from the postal perspective, and will start by 2012.” Under the project, streets in Thimphu, besides Norzin Lam, Chang Lam and Wogzin Lam in the core areas, will be renamed again. A pilot project was started in Thimphu and they have finished assigning numbers to buildings within the pilot project area.