MCA dumps garbage on roads in Anantnag, residents hold protest

SHABIR AHMAD

ANANTNAG: Angered over the littering of garbage on roads and streets allegedly by the Municipal Council Anantnag (MCA), people of various localities of this south Kashmir township Monday took to streets and held a protest demonstration.

Scores of people including youth early morning assembled near busy Mattan chowk after the announcements were made on public address systems of Masjids by the elderly residents of different localities.
Amid a complete shutdown in Kadipora, the protesters blocked the road for nearly three hours causing traffic jamming in different market places.
The protesters alleged that the MCA officials have turned the entire township into a garbage dumping site by allegedly littering the garbage on roads and streets. “It is irony that the MCA officials deposit the garbage on the roads and streets of the town for weeks together causing inconvenience to the people. One cannot afford to come out of the house without covering his or her nose,” President Auqaf committee (Kadipora), Abdul Gani Kiloo said.
He said the town sans proper garbage dumping site. “There is every possibility of the epidemic outbreak in the town if the officials don’t identify the proper dumping site and stop depositing garbage on roads,” said another protester, Zahoor Ahmad Magray.
Executive officer, MCA, Shabir Ahmad admitted the inconvenience to the people in the absence of a garbage dumping site. “Yes, it is true that the garbage has piled up on roads due to the non availability of dumping site.”
“But now we have identified the site in the vicinity of the town and all the garbage will be collected from the town and will be dumped there by Tuesday,” the officer told Kashmir Reader.