Former Thimphu Thrompon Kinlay Dorjee who is the lone Thimphu Thrompon candidate. started his campaign for his second successive election that will take place on 25 January 2016. He started his campaign from, Babesa, talking about the achievements that he has made in the past five years.
In the three days campaign he spoke to more than 150 people and was accompanied by Kinley who is a lone candidate contesting for the Thromde Thuemi post.
The first achievement that he talked about to the crowd was on establishing a customer services center. He said that, he established the customer service center in-order to make services available as early as possible and to settle land disputes, grievances, and complaints immediately.
During his five years in service as Thrompon, he said he consulted the public thrice a week followed by field visits to resolve issues at site. Talking about the achievements that he made in the housing field, he said that he approved one additional floor in place of attic and improved the building aesthetics.
He also emphasized on water issues whereby he said that a total of Nu 287.36 mn has been spent in solving water issues. He said he supported 11 community water schemes through contributions of man and materials, drilled bore well for Changzamtok, provided separate line with water pump for Kawajangsa, built a massive tank with treatment plant (6.5 MLD) at Chamgang and sourced water all the way from Tarana for Lubding area benefiting more than 100 households.
He claimed he was successful in building up infrastructure like construction of 65 km of roads, 70 km of drainage and 25 km of footpath and installation of 500 new streetlights.
The former Thrompon said that he completed all infrastructure for Lungtenphu, Olokha, Babesa, Semtokha and Changbangdu at a cost of Nu 993 mn with ADB support and Dechencholing’s infrastructure with World Bank support at a cost of Nu 220 mn.
He said he commissioned water and sewer treatment plants for Dechencholing at a cost on Nu.39.7 mn.
“With Public Private Partnership (PPP), we have started the 550 cars multilevel parking project and will initiate PPP in waste, water, infrastructure and parking management”, he said.
With the help from UNDP, he said that, they have saved 75 percent of energy for street lighting along the expressway with induction lighting at a cost of Nu 9 mn.
“The pledges which I made in 2011 has more or less been achieved but the only thing remaining is the one on the sewage treatment plant”, adding that, mechanizing the sewage treatment plant was supposed to begin by last year but because of lack of technical expertise, the project couldn’t be started.
Among the achievements he made, he said, “The greatest achievement that I have made is outsourcing of waste collection including segregation and recycling.”
He said that, previously only five trucks of organic waste used to go to Serbithang for composting but now every month 95 trucks goes for composting.
However, after talking about the achievement that he has made in his first term, he also talked about new pledges. He said that if he has a successful election he promised to bring in more changes and to fulfill all the pledges that he made to the crowd.
”If I get elected, than out of the total 13 acres of sewage treatment plant in Babesa, I will convert 11 acres into a recreational park”.
He told the crowd that, Asian Development Bank (ADB) had committed USD 14 million for the sewage plant.
Talking about the infrastructure development, he pledged to the crowd saying that he will be constructing six km roads from Debsi connecting Changbangdu, which will help in reducing the traffic and help help the commuter to take a short route.
Meanwhile talking to Kinley, a lone Thuemi said that he would serve at his best if he gets elected.
Kinley was in the monk body for the past 12 years and he was encouraged by residents in Taba and Dechencholing to take part in the election.
There are 7,275 eligible voter and the campaign will go on until 12th January.