Municipal committee helpless while as district administration assures action
Sopore: Sopore town has virtually become an open dumping site as the town lacks proper garbage disposal site. Heaps of non-biodegradable waste, especially polythene and plastic, can be seen everywhere on the roads, which not only poses the threat of diseases but has also helped increase stray dog population.
While the situation goes on worsening, the administration appears to be in no real hurry to act, residents allege.
A foul smell emanates from the garbage dumps lying in open. “It has made our live difficult,” said Mohd Shafi, a shopkeeper in the town.
Zubair Ahmad, a chemist in Iqbal Market said that packs of stray dogs live around these heaps of garbage, causing a threat to passerby.
President of Traders Federation Sopore, Haji Mohd Ashraf Ganie, says that government was talking about Swatch Bharat Mission but the municipality had converted Sopore town into an “open garbage bin”.
“A few years back, a site at TulBal, Sopore was identified for garbage dumping, but the residents there opposed it with the support of their MLA, Basharat Bukhari, after that the dumping site at Adipora was identified for dumping but it too is facing opposition from people with the support of Congress MLA, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar,” he said. “In the meanwhile, residents of Sopore town are suffering. The authorities’ approach is making the people believe that they are victims of political vengeance as they do not cast their votes or take part in elections.”
He added, “The height of the vengeance by the government towards Sopore town has crossed all limits. The town has does not have a single public toilet available.”
The concerned authorities, residents allege had been making them believe their “fake promises”, which they say have never had the potential to materialise.
The Municipal Executive officer of Sopore, G M Lone, expressed his helplessness in dealing with the issue.
“Dumping site has been a major problem in Sopore town from last many years, but it’s up to the higher authorities to solve this issue, even after the non-availability of dumping site, we somehow manage to collect the garbage of the whole town and dump it in different places,” he said. “The issue will continue to linger unless a dumping site is made available,” Lone said.
However, the Additional District commissioner, Khursheed Ahmad Shah said, “In a board meeting last Saturday, the director has assured us that the dumping site has been identified in Watayen, Langate and it will take one month to get finalized.”