S/Jongkhar to re-in­tro­duce park­ing fee sys­tem

Business Bhutan - - Money - Jigme Wangchen from Sam­drup Jongkhar

Sam­drup Jongkhar thromde au­thor­i­ties had ear­lier in­tro­duced park­ing fee sys­tem in town but with­drawn it be­cause res­i­dents were dis­grun­tled over it.

How­ever, plans to rein­tro­duce the park­ing fee sys­tem are in the pipe­line.

Sam­drup Jongkhar Thrompon Karma Sherab Tob­gyal said that the first time, peo­ple were un­aware of the sys­tem and were un­happy be­cause the au­thor­i­ties rushed to start the sys­tem but could not im­ple­ment it prop­erly.

The Thrompon also said some prob­lems arose be­tween the park­ing fee col­lec­tors and the res­i­dents. “Res­i­dents didn’t co­op­er­ate with us so the thromde had to stop col­lect­ing park­ing fees for some time,” he said.

The Thrompon added that now, they will con­sult with all the stake­hold­ers con­cerned and rein­tro­duce the park­ing fee sys­tem.

Res­i­dents and shop­keep­ers, how­ever, ex­pressed that they are still un­happy with such a sys­tem.

Jigme Norbu, a res­i­dent said, “It is too early to start col­lect­ing park­ing fees when the town does not have a proper park­ing area and a bet­ter road.”

Sim­i­larly, a shop­keeper said that Sam­drup Jongkhar town is a small town and not yet de­vel­oped. “I think it is not manda­tory to start with such sys­tems in a small town where they are not re­quired,” he added.

Mean­while, the Thrompon said that the idea was aimed at de­con­gest­ing the park­ing area and im­prov­ing the town ameni­ties. “We can use the fees to main­tain drains and re­pair roads. Right now, we lack bud­get to do any­thing.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Thrompon also said that park­ing fee col­lec­tion is a way to ad­dress the is­sue of the thromde’s fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity. “Im­ple­ment­ing park­ing fee col­lec­tion sys­tem will def­i­nitely con­trib­ute to the thromde’s rev­enue gen­er­a­tion,” the Thrompon said.

He said that this time around, au­thor­i­ties would con­sult with the res­i­dents and im­ple­ment the park­ing fee sys­tem prop­erly. “We have to gen­er­ate rev­enue to be a self-suf­fi­cient town.”

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