More stalls allowed as compare to previous years
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.