If you happen to visit Thimphu city and the first thing that will greet you is the stink from the drains nearby. Changlimetang area tops the list in stinks followed by the Hongkong market and then the Olakha-Lungtenphu area. The people nearby the expressway have become immune to the stink from the Barbesa Sewerage treatment plant. When I was a kid, I used to think this treatment plant of some huge swimming pool. Later in my middle school, I knew it was waste water treatment plant!
Take a walk after the traffic outpost in Norzin lam and care to look at the huge drain just near the Druk Shopping Complex; you will realize how careless Thimphu-ites are! Does this make us feel good? Will the mountain people take care of their wastes and trash? Every one blames the city corporation but the city residences are too cozy to think about the waste they generate out-of-the-box! How can a corporation manned by a few individuals clean the trash of thousands of people contributing to the trash?
The scene just beside the centenary farmers market is terrible; the clogged drains with feaces, rotten vegetables, and predominantly topping all waste are polythene bags and wafers from fast foods, despite on the ban of plastic bags. When will we learn? It’s an irony, Thimphu-ites living the most up-do-date life in all of Bhutan yet embodying the people who first saw modernity. This is absolutely absurd! What then? We are polluting the Wangchu River which is one of the resources which generates money for Bhutan. Pollute the river and pollute your livelihood!
A lady on BBS TV mentioned of city officials, “City ghi mey thek thek wong ni yue la” (City corporation official’s sometimes come). What an absurd comment? If you do not take care of your own trash, what can the city officials do to make you clean? I strongly urge all people (Outside Thimphu as well) to manage your waste, segregate it and please recycle, or re use it if its reusable, otherwise, blaming the city for your trash is like blaming your neighbor for the mischief your child did. I know there are lots of these-minded residences!
Thought for the Thimphu-ites: “Willful Waste Brings Woeful Want”-Thomas Fuller