Gelephu Thromde Candidates Call the Shots

Tika Ram Kaflay
Tshering Norbu

Sangay Rabten/ Gelephu

Gelephu is witnessing an election spectacle with the two candidates presenting a host of manifestos and platforms to choose from.

While Gelephu thromde is poised with myriad problems the two wannabe candidates are leaving no stones unturned to coerce the votes in their favour, and clinch the race to the coveted Thrompon’s post.

Tshering Norbu: Vote for change and strong leadership

Contesting for the second time, Tshering Norbu 38 from Tashiling Demkhong has BSc (Honours) Computer from Sherubtse College (when it was affiliated to Delhi University) in 2006.

His campaign slogan states: “Vote for change and strong leadership” to take Gelephu to be a model hub town in the country as per the vision of His Majesty The King and Fourth King. He pledges the voters that if elected, he has leadership qualities for good governance to provide better public service in consultation with public where he will reduce bureaucratic procedures with an ICT-enabled system.

Tshering Norbu also assures to facilitate trade, industries, export and tourism for strong an economy to generate employment, revive commercial/dairy farming and improve livestock for food security, and also follow-up on the contested Green Belt issue.

He has also pledged to develop quality infrastructure for healthy and safe city-ensuring 24 hours safe drinking water, quality drainage and sewerage.

Among other weapons in his arsenal, Tshering Norbu states that roads will be blacktopped and protection walls will be constructed in flood prone areas. Apart, he wants to build organized taxi parking, install street light and CCTVs while core town will be transformed and extended. He has also promised to construct community halls in all of the Demkhongs.

The 38-year-old also envisions beautifying the city with clean and aesthetic city concept with better waste management practices. For a harmonious and peaceful coexistence, he pledges to develop parks for both senior citizens and youth, and rehabilitation and recovery shelters.

Among many priorities, one of his biggest dreams is to transform Gelephu into a sporting hub.

With the prospective vision Tshering Norbu seeks voters to exercise their franchise wisely for strong leader. “It is time for change, and vote for change to a sincere and dedicated leader,” he said to voters. “Empower me to serve you.”

Tikaram Kafley: In pursuit of serving Gelephu

Former Thrompon Tikaram Kafley, 46, from Jampeling Demkhong has a Degree in Civil Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and a masters’ in Major Geotechnical Engineering with Earthquake from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technologu BhopaL, Madhya Pradesh India. He has also done diploma in solid waste management’s.

With about 20 years of working experience under his belt, Tikaram Kafley says, “I quit as a civil servant to serve Gelephu and I will serve again.”

He adds that Gelephu has transformed into this beautiful town and today boasts of these existing infrastructures, facilities and amenities which he had strengthened through construction, renovation and rehabilitation while serving in the Thromde.

In his pursuit of regional and national development, the manifestos he has for Gelephu Thromde is to make it better where people can live in and comfort. He also pledges to implement Five Year Plan activities, Local Area Plans (LAPs in Namkhaling) in consultation with Thromde community, and make Gelephu a special economic zone.

He also assures of safe and uninterrupted water supply to meet the need of changing demography for 30 years. Street lights and security surveillance system will be installed. Old-age homes and rehabilitation centre will be established and initiate sport complexes for youth and for Thromde community, and open recreational spaces if he is re-elected.

Among others Tikaram Kafley pledges to improve public service delivery through online services. Additionally, he wants to induct and complete inline infrastructural work like urban corridor, Royal Boulevard, ring road, urban bypass, vegetable market, amphitheater, taxi parking and parks among a host of activities.

His other pledges are to construct a crematorium and render cost effective and sustainable services with proper sewerage, waste management, drainage, plantation and allied services.  The candidate also wants to pursue urban agricultural development and strengthen disaster response team and reduce response time, the lesson they got from last year’s Maokhola tragedy.

The Thromde elections will be held on 28 of this month.