Bhutan. In April, Parliament approved five new border crossings at which tourists can enter and leave the country. These will be placed in Samdrup Jongkhar, Gaylegphu, Samtse, Nanglam and Panbang. However, Interior Minister Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen warned that it could be delayed before the project was completed, which caused frustration on the part of several MPs.
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In May, it was announced that the government has halted plans to build a large hydroelectric power plant in the Chamkharchhu river. The decision caused great concern among the locals in the Zhemgang district. Many have invested their savings or borrowed money to build houses and start business to benefit from the economic upswing the project was expected to lead to. According to the government, the project was shelved due to the large environmental impact that the dam construction would have. Another decisive factor was said to be the risk that future profits would not outweigh the large construction costs. The government will instead prioritize the hydroelectric power plant project in the river Sankosh.
According to CountryAAH, the population of Bhutan in 2019 was 762,981, ranking number 165 in the world. The population growth rate was 1.150% yearly, and the population density was 20.0197 people per km2.