Waste: The thromde along with the city’s tshogpas will require Thimphu residents to conduct a cleaning campaign of different zones of the city every weekend, starting with Taba residents today.

According to a thromde official, Yeshi Wangdi, the objective is to have the community participate in keeping the environment clean because there is minimal community participation when it comes to waste management.

At least one person from each household will have to volunteer to clean the surrounding areas of their residence.

The volunteers will be registered by the thromde.

Yeshi Wangdi said the cleaning campaign will be coordinated by the tshogpas in their respective zones while the thromde will assist by providing collection trucks, hand gloves and sacks.

“There is no continuous cleaning campaign. Most of the time the cleaning activities are carried out by the volunteers wherever there is waste problem occasionally,” Yeshi Wangdi said. “There is no system so we want to have a system, we will start with residents in Taba and soon it will be a routine.”

He said the idea was first discussed by the thromde and tshogpas. The tshogpas then discussed the idea with the residents of their respective zones and got positive feedback.

“If we ask the public to come for cleaning town areas, the number of volunteers turning up is very minimal, moreover, even if people turn up, the cleaning is not very effective but we found people sincere and willing to clean their respective areas,” he added.

The zones identified by the Thromde are: Babesa, Jungshina/Hejo/Pam-tsho/ Langjophakha, Changzamtok/Changbangdu/Olakha/ Changedaphu, Taba and Dechencholing, Motithang, Changangkha and the core Thimphu area.

By Dechen Tshomo