Land pooling for sustainable expansion of Bhutan's capital city

Land pooling for sustainable expansion of Bhutan’s capital city


Bhutan’s capital city of Thimphu is growing fast, and like many cities in Asia, its development has outpaced urban planning. Buildings were constructed before the roads, utilities, and public spaces needed to serve them. To address this problem, city planners are using an innovative technique called “land pooling,” in which residents voluntarily contribute parcels of land which are then used to improve the surrounding public services, infrastructure, and environment.
In Bhutan, residents of Thimphu voluntarily contributed parcels of land to allow for the planned, sustainable expansion of the city.
The ‘pooled’ land was used to develop public amenities and urban infrastructure.
This innovative approach has now become a model for urban expansion and growth across the country. – Asian Development Bank



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