More stalls al­lowed as com­pare to pre­vi­ous years

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In or­der to pay trib­ute to His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in his 60th Birth An­niver­sary, Thim­phu Thromde per­mit­ted to open 560 stalls in the town dur­ing the three days Thim­phu Tshechu.

Ac­cord­ing to the Chief En­vi­ron­ment Of­fi­cer of Thromde , the Thromde has also re­quested for the old bank area and Chang Ling­methang area to have more stalls dur­ing the Tshechu. The rea­son of giv­ing more space is to give an op­por­tu­nity to low in­come peo­ple all over the coun­try to pro­mote busi­ness ven­ture and cus­tomers to have fun and shop in the open area. The Thromde will be al­low­ing peo­ple to put stalls for the next three years. Un­like pre­vi­ous years, Thromde of­fice di­rected the stall own­ers to make the shel­ters with de­cency and uni­for­mity. Even the area al­lo­ca­tion was done 3/3 me­ters equally and in­ter­ested peo­ple were charged Nu.1000/- per day for each plot.

The stall run­ner in Zilukha near Dzong area, Aum Tsh­er­ing Choki from Dgana said ac­tu­ally she got a place in town area but city of­fi­cial said she is not sup­pose to cook in town area. But if she shifts to Zilukha area there she is al­lowed to cook but of­fi­cials from Bhutan Agri­cul­ture and Food Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity ( BAFRA ) didn’t al­low cook­ing in that area too. Tsh­er­ing she needs to pay 1,500 to city in a day whereas she could earn only 800 per day. Tsh­er­ing cooked foods from home which has to last for a day long whereas cus­tomer says it is not hy­gienic. More­over most peo­ple are rush­ing to town ar­eas only.

Thin­ley Jamt­sho who is fresh grad­u­ate run­ning a stall in town on part­ner­ship with his friend, said in first day he could earn only Nu. 4, 000 which he have to pay 3, 000 as charges for stall but from the next day he could earn more than what he ex­pected. The ad­van­tage of run­ning food stall in town is far bet­ter than side area. He added be­ing grad­u­ate he don’t care whether it is blue color job or white color job at the end of the day money mat­ters ev­ery­thing.

The cus­tomers point of view of al­low­ing more stall in town, Sonam Deki of a stu­dent with Dechen­chol­ing MSS said she ap­pre­ci­ate the pol­icy of gov­ern­ment be­cause she en­joyed shop­ping from open area and had a choice of her own by com­par­ing rates too.

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