Now waste dumped near Changangkha lhakhang

Residents of Changangkha and Motithang in Thimphu are infuriated and embarrassed that garbage is being dumped near the 12th century Changangkha lhakhang, one of the landmarks of the capital and a popular tourist site.
“This blatant disrespect is beyond acceptable; it is shameful,” said one resident.
Sonam Tshering, a tour guide, said that a week ago a guest from Thailand wanted to visit Changangkha Lhakhang and when they reached near the monastery they were greeted by a foul odor and used toilet paper was scattered all across. “It was one of the most embarrassing moments for me,” the guide said. “I believe we have the right to be protecting our sacred places.”
Kelzang Sherab, a resident, said the whole area has turned into a dumping ground and authorities seem to be totally apathetic towards this social menace.
“The responsible authority should impose a fine for such violations,” Kelzang Sherab said adding that the municipal solid waste management is very poor in the area.
Yeshi Wangdi, Head of Environment Division, Thimphu Thromde, said that residents and businesses are responsible for properly disposing their waste. How the Thromde handles complaints about illegal dumping depends on whether the dumping was witnessed or not.
“I personally went to the site to investigate and detected mobile voucher paper scattered all around,” Yeshi Wangdi said.  “I collected all the voucher paper and handed it to the Bhutan Telecom Limited to help me find the culprits responsible.”
Yeshi Dorji said that Closed Circuit television (CCTV) or a video surveillance was needed to monitor the area. “It is our responsibility to keep our country clean. So I would like to request the people to help us keep our city clean and safe by properly reporting all incidents of abandoned garbage or witnessed illegal dumping,” Yeshi Dorji said.

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