A handover ceremony for the “Project for Introduction of Recycled Compactor Truck and Vacuum Truck in Bumthang Dzongkhag”, in the framework of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), was held on 8th May 2015, in Chamkhar City of Bumthang District, Central Bhutan.
The ceremony was attended by Phub Tshering, Dzongda, Bumthang Dzongkhag, and relevant officials from Bumthang District, as well as Mr. Tsunemasa Teramoto, Counsellor, Embassy of Japan in New Delhi.
The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), was started in 1989 to address a wide range of development needs of developing countries. In Bhutan, GGP has been extended to such projects as construction of bridges and school hostels, and supply of fire-engines.
In FY 2013, the Government of Japan implemented three projects for Royal Bhutan Police, Thimphu City and Bumthang District under this scheme.
Through this project totaling US$ 44,056, a compactor truck and a vacuum truck, donated by Kakamigahara city, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, were reconditioned and transported from Japan to Bhutan.
Chamkhar town, the capital of Bumthang, with a population of 8,000, is facing growing challenges of waste management and sewage treatment with the rapid urbanization in recent years and the increase of population in the city.
Chamkhar town conducts garbage collection by using two trucks. However, the garbage collection process in the city is not very efficient, as those trucks are not designed for the purpose of collecting garbage and the number of trucks is not sufficient against the volume of garbage.
The town has three sewage tanks to temporarily store wastewater of about 300 households. However, since the tanks are already full, sanitation environment of the city has been degrading with wastewater overflowing from the tanks.
Provision of a compactor truck and a vacuum truck through this project will enable efficient garbage collection and regular transportation of wastewater from sewage tanks to the treatment plant. It is expected that the provision of these trucks will improve the city’s sanitation, and accordingly benefit 8,000 citizens of Chamkhar City.
The Government of Japan hopes that this project will improve the quality of living and strengthen the human security of the people in Bhutan, as well as further develop the relationship of friendship and cooperation between Japan and Bhutan.