The biggest cannonball that the people loaded in the cannon to backfire the deadline is the readiness of Bajothang. They question the safety of town, hygiene, traffic, accommodation of people and vehicle. While the finished Bajothang town would have answered all these questions but if you visit the half-alive town today, you will see
- Many structures are half complete. Anything could fall from above and risk the lives of passersby.
- The road network are blocked by construction debris on almost every street thereby making road inaccessible to cars.
- Sewage from some building are running free on the streets, pollution both land and air.
- All drainage systems are damaged, and nothing has been done till today.
- There is not a single traffic signs erected or line drawn on the road, forget the line, there is not blacktopped road visible in the entire town. Streets are filled with cars parked randomly without following any traffic rules.
- All apartments are filled up, there is no room for people living in Gangthangkha to squeeze in.
I have toured both the towns this morning and viewed the situation from the eyes of an ordinary Bhutanese who has nothing to lose or gain for whatever happens. I had taken along my camera and captured shots of things to backs the story of what people claim. All the pictures are taken this afternoon, please go through the photostory.
|This is where Children Park will be. Who will construct it and when is the deadline?|
|The tiny truck parking is being cleared for tomorrow. How many trucks will fit in there?|
|BOD. Why did they have to late for so long. Will they be ready by tomorrow morning?|
|How to get to the other side of the street? Is it a mule track?|
|Forget about traffic signs, you can't even see the road. The bridges you are seeing is constructed over sewage overflow.|
|Desolate shops in Gangthangkha, left behind by people who have shifted to Bajothang.|
|So far only two structures were dismantled. September 10 is the last day for clearing structures in Gangthangkha.|
Tomorrow morning when I wake up, Gangthangkha will be no more the place people will crowd. I wish people all the strength it takes to let go the past and embrace the new place, after all Bajothang is a bigger town, with bigger opportunity, with space for bigger dreams.
And I wish if the responsible authority could play their role swiftly and give themselves deadline, besides giving to others, in making Bajothang business ready.