Government seeks community partners to keep town clean
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.