Thrompon Candidates Have No Commitment to Resolving Housing Crisis

Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

The people of Samdrupjongkhar are unhappy that, although Thromde is experiencing a housing crisis, the candidates running for the post of Thrompon in the upcoming Thromde elections have not made a commitment to resolve the issue.

An official, Sangay Choden, 24, said she was posted to the dzongkhag in October and was staying with her sister as it is difficult to find a house to rent.

She cannot understand the housing crisis because the thromde has a small population. “Who is responsible for looking after the accommodation and fixing the problems? “

Another official, Jigme Choden, 28, said she had been living with a friend for almost six months now because she had not found a home. She pays 10,000 Nu per month for the shared apartment.

She said construction projects were underway, but most were commercial. “It becomes even more difficult when our loved ones visit us. “

The Thrompon candidates agreed that they had not made any promises regarding the housing issues because real estate agents have already planned to build housing settlements in the thromde.

They said they would follow up with these housing officers to find out when they would build the settlements and provide approvals if needed.

Meanwhile, the common forum for Samdrupjongkhar thromde was held this week in Dewathang and Samdrupjongkhar primary schools.

The joint forums for the local elections in Samdrupjongkhar ended with this:

A candidate, Thinley Namgay, 39, said he pledged to solve the water problems by providing water for 24 hours and building a water treatment plant in Bangkar with an additional water source for the people of Dewathang.

He said that since there were no sports facilities in Dewathang, he would build a futsal pitch and initiate the beautification of the city and make it a model city in the country. “Since most of the students have to walk more than three miles to get to school from their village today, I will provide a bus service to the students if I am elected thrompon. “

He also said he would allocate a separate budget for agriculture and ranching, as most of the people in Dewathang under the thromde depend on them for their livelihood.

Another candidate, Ugyen Wangchuk, 34, also pledged to provide continuous drinking water from a reliable source, promote community engagement and inclusive decision-making.

He said he would tackle waste management issues, create employment opportunities, develop an efficient public transport system and promote local tourism.

Ugyen Wangchuk said that the city of Samdrupjongkhar being a business center for the eastern region, he would focus on the renovation and development of the city as one of the most attractive cities in the country. “I would suggest postponing the urban property tax, as Dewathang has less economic activity and the landowners are mainly farmers with limited sources of income.”

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