Srinagar: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Sunday lifted around 300 metric tonnes (MT) of garbage from downtown Srinagar after it remained under curfew for three consecutive days following the killing of a youth in CRPF firing.
The SMC, according to a handout, carried out a special drive in the curfew-bound areas to ensure cleanliness and sanitation. The instruction to this effect was made by SMC Commissioner Dr G N Qasba. “Cleanliness of the city remains our priority area,” said Qasba.
“The SMC recovered and shifted 300 MT, which crosses the amount of average garbage lifted on a particular Sunday multifold. Dozens of garbage-lifting vehicles ferried it for scientific disposal. Around 75 truckloads of garbage were lifted from the old parts of the city,” the handout said.
The drive was carried out by 600 employees, who worked since Sunday morning in the city. “The shrines and mosques remained priority areas during the exercise. Besides the Shah Hamdan and Makhdoom Sahib shrines, Jamia Masjid and Pather Masjid areas were cleaned,” the statement said.
It said that SMC workers also collected garbage from market hubs like Bohri Kadal, Safa Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Rajouri Kadal, etc. “The employees stand instructed to clean all garbage dumping sites, lift all leftovers from major lanes in the old city. The workers are working dedicatedly. The SMC will make no compromises on cleanliness of the city as summers have set in,” the statement quoted Qasba as saying.
SMC’s Chief Sanitation Officer Manzoor Ahmad Tarray oversaw the drive and guided the employees, the statement added.