SRINAGAR: Residents of Achen Syedpora Eidgah on Saturday took to the streets to protest against Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s “unscientific dumping” of the solid waste at the Achen dumping site.
The protesters who were demanding closure of the dumping site said the site has become a health hazard for the surrounding localities. Protesters burnt tyres and blocked the road for the vehicles carrying garbage to the site.
Ghulam Mohammed Syed, a local, said foul stink emanating from the dumping site is affecting health of residents living in surrounding areas, mainly the children.
“From past 23 years, SMC is dumping the waste in the area and we are suffering health because of it since,” he said.
Mohammed Sidiq, another local, said SMC failed to resolve the issue in the area despite spending crores of rupees into the “failed projects”.
“Before few years, SMC built a 90-feet dumping cells in the area but those cells are full now. We can’t even breathe properly. Almost every family in the area is facing health issues,” said Sidiq.
Locals claim they have themselves sent samples from the garbage dumping site for laboratory tests, which proved the site is dangerous not only for peoples’ health but of ecology too.
“We have spent thousands of rupees and performed laboratory tests on waste samples which clearly stated that the samples have long term effects on the people living in the area,” the locals said.
They said if the government is not willing to shift the dumping site, “why don’t they relocate us by giving us alternate residential houses.”
SMC Joint Commissioner Syed Qasim told Kashmir Reader that the corporation was charting out a plan to tackle the issue.
“Our team visited the spot and heard grievances of locals. We are discussing the issue and will soon come up with a proper plan to tackle the crisis,” he said.