11 new trucks to improve garbage collection.
The trucks were donated by the government of India.
Garbage collection could improve with the government of India donating 11 new refuse compactor garbage trucks to Bhutan.
The trucks will be used in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Haa, Chukha, Zhemgang and Sarpang.
The trucks were funded under the third batch of Small Development Project. Supplied by Usha Engineering’s in India, the trucks were procured for Nu 53.980 million. By the end of September another nine trucks are expected to arrive, which will be distributed among other five dzongkhags.
Thimphu thromde and Clean City will get one truck each and two trucks will be handed over to Greener Way who was awarded the contract to collect and dispose off waste from the south and central zones while Clean City was given the north zone.
Thimphu city produces 50 metric tonnes every day according to 2014 estimates by the thromde.
The trucks come at a time when garbage collection even after outsourcing to private companies is a huge problem in the thromdes. In Thimphu, residents complain of garbage trucks not coming regularly or on time. “Surely it should improve collection,” said a Babesa resident who heard about new trucks from BBS.
He said that garbage trucks come at odd times and miss most of the residents who are either gone to office or work. “Then they discard waste in the open,” he said.