SOPORE: Heaps of garbage have piled up in Sopore after authorities failed to arrange for a proper waste dumping site in the town.
The residents said that despite its reputation of being a rich commercial area, the town is stinking due to absence of an effective garbage disposal mechanism.
They said that the main town has become a garbage dumping site, as heaps of waste including polythene, plastic, chemicals and medical waste lie scattered in the markets and at public places.
“Our business has been hit majorly due to the prevailing unhygienic conditions in the town. At every nook and corner you will find a heap of garbage. It has become unlivable,” Ajaz Akbar, a shopkeeper in main market, said.
The apple town on an average generates over 30-35 tons of solid waste every day but lacks a proper waste dumping site.
Executive Officer, Sopore Municipality, Ghulam Rasool Shah said that they were well aware about the problem. “The government is not providing us a proper garbage site where we can decompose the waste. The 100 kanals which government provided us two years ago in Tul-Bal is useless as it is next to a residential area and people don’t allow our trucks to dump waste there,” he said.
He said that the Municipality, Sub District Magistrate Sopore and Deputy Commissioner Baramulla were working together to solve the problem.
Bashir Ahmad Bhat, SDM Sopore, said that the garbage problem has grown in the past two years.
“In the past we were decomposing waste from Sopore at a site in Adipora (Sopore suburbs) but had to stop the practice after opposition from people living around there,” he said.
He said that the government allowed the authorities to use Tul-Bal site as an alternative arrangement. “After a lot of money was spent on it to make it a proper decomposing site, there was stiff opposition by the residents,” he said.
“In view of the dispute over the land, we are again looking for an alternate site for dumping garbage. Till we are not able to find any site, we are helpless,” he said.