Pub­lic toi­let in poor con­di­tion

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen from Trashigang

Trashigang is the hap­pen­ing hub of the east but it lacks enough prop­erly main­tained pub­lic toi­lets.

The town has two pub­lic toi­lets: one lo­cated be­low the bus sta­tion and another near the veg­etable mar­ket. But while the lat­ter is be­ing main­tained by a ven­dor, the one near the bus con­di­tion is in poor con­di­tion.

With trav­el­ers from Mon­gar and Trashiyangtse vis­it­ing the dzongkhag fre­quently, san­i­ta­tion has be­come a ma­jor is­sue for them.

Sonam Om, trav­el­ing on a lo­cal bus from Trashigang to Mon­gar said that the pub­lic toi­let be­low the bus sta­tion is usu­ally blocked with sticks and stones and is not us­able. “The ho­tels won’t al­low us to use their toi­lets with­out avail­ing their ser­vices.”

She said that de­spite the con­tin­u­ous sup­ply of wa­ter and buck­ets pro­vided by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, peo­ple do not take ini­tia­tive to keep the toi­let clean.

Dzongkhag En­gi­neer Sherab said that due to con­struc­tion work of the new park­ing area re­cently the mu­nic­i­pal­ity could not clean or main­tain the toi­let as all the wa­ter sup­plies were blocked.

“Though we have now cleaned the toi­let, due to lim­ited sweep­ers in the of­fice, it is not pos­si­ble to send sweep­ers time and again to clean the toi­let,” said the en­gi­neer.

A shop owner near the bus sta­tion said that the smell from the pub­lic toi­let is af­fect­ing her busi­ness. “I think it will be bet­ter if the author­ity con­cerned can re­cruit a care­taker to take care of the sit­u­a­tion.”

A res­i­dent from Trashigang said that with in­creas­ing num­bers of vis­i­tors to the town, the prob­lem will only worsen.

He said it is high time peo­ple started ex­er­cis­ing their civic sense.

“When re­sources like wa­ter are freely avail­able, it is pa­thetic to see the con­di­tion of the toi­let.”

Another res­i­dent sug­gested that the dzongkhag au­thor­i­ties can start with pay and use sys­tem to keep the toi­lets clean. “Pub­lic toi­lets lack care­tak­ers so if we have such a sys­tem in place they can be com­pen­sated for main­tain­ing the fa­cil­i­ties.”

Mean­while, Sherab said they have plans to re­cruit a care­taker soon. “We will be­gin with pay and use sys­tem.”

The mu­nic­i­pal of­fice plans to build more pub­lic toi­lets in the town in the 12th Five Year Plan.

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