Industrial estate Zainakote turning into garbage dumping site

SRINAGAR: Pharma and food processing industrial units at Zainakote are at the brink of losing their licenses as heaps of garbage are piled up in their vicinity. The industrialists allege that the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has turned the Industrial Estate (IE) into a dumping site.
Nazir Ahmad, vice president of Zainakote IE Association said that SMC employees bring truckloads of garbage and dump it in the IE premises.
“Since the industrial estate is situated in an open area, the SMC officials bring garbage from the adjoining places and dump it in our premises. This gives a shabby look to the entire industrial area which is divided into three phases,” Ahmad said.
Ahmad said that a pharma company at phase III that manufactures pharmaceuticals and health-care products is the worst hit with the litter. “The company is at the brink of losing license due to this menace”, he said.
Several industrialists associated with pharmaceutical sector based at Zainakote said they are on the brink of losing their licenses due to the unhygienic conditions outside their industrial units.
Similarly, the premise of food processing unit at phase III is also hit as garbage dumping outside the unit has increased. If it continues, it may lead to cancellation of its license, Ahmad added.
“We met the SMC Commissioner twice but no action has been initiated. The IE association had even proposed to beautify the beats and the vacant land but we received no response from SMC. We even had plans to involve the local shopkeepers in beautification of the area,” Ahmad further added.
Commissioner SMC told kashmir Reader that he will ask the concerned ward officer to look into the matter.