Look who’s polluting Pahalgam

SHABIR AHMAD
Pahalgam: Residents of Pahalgam are questioning the wisdom of Municipal Committee Pahalgam (MCP) of dumping the garbage on the banks of Tulyan nallah which finally empties into the Lidder river.
The residents said that for past many years, the MCP has been dumping garbage collected from Pahalgam and its adjoining villages on the banks of Tulyan nallah. “It is ironical that the officials of MCP meant for keeping Pahalgam and its surroundings clean are polluting the tourist spot. Lidder is the main attraction for tourists here, but one wonders how the MCP instead of saving this water body is polluting the same,” a local environmentalist, Mushtaq Pahalgami, told Kashmir Reader.
Tulyan nallah is known for its crystal clear waters, with the Tulyan lake, one of the largest lakes in the upper reaches of Pahalgam, its source. The nallah flows through the mountains and finally connects with the Lidder river near Ganeshbal.
Officials said they have identified the site for garbage dump which is far from the water body and would be developed on scientific lines.
“We have identified the site in Khelan area which is more than one thousand meters from the Lidder. The site will be developed on modern lines for scientific disposal of the garbage there. The project has been approved and work will be started soon,” executive officer, MCP, Bashir Ahmad Dar told Kashmir Reader.
He said once the project is completed the problem will be solved “once and for all.”
However, local residents said they had no reasons to believe the officials. “They have been dishing out this story from last four years. If the site has been really identified, why have they not been able to start work on the project? They seem to be buying the time to pacify the public cry over the issue,” Ghulam Nabi, a local resident, said.
“The development of the garbage dumping site on modern lines should have been the priority. One fails to understand what the priorities of the authorities are?”