Gov­ern­ment seeks com­mu­nity part­ners to keep town clean

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Ly­onchen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay called a meet­ing with the com­mu­nity tshog­pas in Thim­phu thromde on 4 Jan­uary to dis­cuss solid waste man­age­ment.

As a pop­u­la­tion grows in ur­ban, the solid waste man­age­ment be­comes chal­leng­ing.

The large pop­u­la­tion liv­ing in the town is a hin­drance to keep the city clean and town au­thor­i­ties find it dif­fi­cult to ad­dress solid waste man­age­ment in a sus­tain­able man­ner.

Ly­onchen said that the in­creas­ing waste was be­cause of rapid ur­ban­iza­tion. “Thim­phu is a large area where not only thromde can man­age the waste,” he said, adding that it would be pos­si­ble if the com­mu­nity tshog­pas take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of keep­ing the ar­eas clean.

Thim­phu Thromde ex­pects to be an ex­em­plary thromde in the region that is cul­tur­ally vi­brant, pro­gres­sive, safe and liv­able.

There were 87 com­mu­ni­ties vol­un­teered as com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives on the na­tion­wide clean­ing cam­paign where the thromde area was di­vided in 67 ar­eas.

It was agreed in the meet­ing that the 67 iden­ti­fied ar­eas in Thim­phu Thromde will have 67 tshog­pas. Each cabi­net min­is­ter is ex­pected to as­sign about 6 to 7 tshog­pas to look af­ter.

Lack of labour man­age­ment is also a chal­lenge in the large ar­eas. Ly­onchen said that each tshogpa will get cer- tain num­ber of helpers de­pend­ing on the size of ar­eas. “One to two sweep­ers will be al­lo­cated in each area base on the ar­eas,” he said.

Suf­fi­cient pub­lic aware­ness and en­force­ment of leg­is­la­tion is also a way to ad­dress waste man­age­ment.

The ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary of Thim­phu Thromde, Pas­sang Dorji, said that the pub­lic aware­ness has been done through me­dia. He said, “Panel dis­cus­sion on BBS TV was done.”

How­ever, he said that once the area has been cleaned, the same amount of garbage in the area was dumped. The im­proper dis­posal of garbage within area is a ma­jor prob­lem. With­out proper con­trols, garbage is of­ten dumped in aban­doned sites. Since the na­tion­wide clean­ing cam­paign, thromde has col­lected a to­tal of Nu.80, 000 fines from 131 in­di­vid­u­als for dump­ing garbage and lit­ter­ing pub­lic places.

A large per­cent­age of solid waste is man­aged by the pri­vate sec­tor be­cause of pub­lic-pri­vate-part­ner­ships.

Thim­phu Thromde spends Nu.2.135 mil­lion a month to Greener Way, Clean City and thromde Nu.1.000m, Nu.0.435m and Nu.0.700m re­spec­tively to col­lect and dis­pose of waste.

A to­tal of 48.22 tons of waste were col­lected daily with 21 garbage trucks and a to­tal of 101 labours to clean the thromde ar­eas.

Through the team com­po­si­tion of com­mu­nity tshog­pas, it is ex­pected to gather for rit­u­als, ex­er­cise and chil­dren tu­ition, among oth­ers.

Ly­onchen said that the cul­ture of engagement with neigh­bor­hood has been di­min­ish­ing un­like in ru­ral ar­eas. “It is also an op­por­tu­nity to gather and so­cial­ize,” Ly­onchen said.

Be­sides, it is also ex­pected to plant flow­ers and plants around the sur­round­ings. The reg­u­lar in­spec­tion is ex­pected to con­tinue.

A com­pe­ti­tion among the com­mu­ni­ties will be held on 5 Fe­bru­ary to com­mem­o­rate the birth An­niver­sary of His Royal High­ness Gyal­say Jigme Nam­gyal Wangchuck.

About 100 par­tic­i­pants at­tended the meet­ing, in­clud­ing Ly­onpo Norbu Wangchuk, Min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion, thromde of­fice and of­fi­cials from re­lated agen­cies among oth­ers.

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