Srinagar: Amid security, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has again started dumping garbage at Srinagar’s sole dumping site at Achan from Saturday, despite local resentment.
SMC chief sanitation officer Manzoor Ahmad Turray told Kashmir Reader that there is nothing like a stand-off between SMC and Achan residents as the government owns the land. “But if anyone takes the law into his own hands by hindering the movement of garbage trucks, we have told the police to act against them,” Turray said.
However, the residents said they will not allow the SMC to dump the garbage saying that the Corporation failed to keep its promise of shifting the dumping site. “In 2007 SMC officials promised that the dumping site would be shifted to some other place after eighteen months, but that never happened,” said Basit, a local resident.
Locals said the dumping site has been filled to the brim but the SMC has not found any alternative to scientifically dispose of solid waste material, resulting in a foul smell spreading in the entire neighborhood. Consequently, people in Srinagar have been facing immense problems due to heaps of garbage scattered on the roads. Dumpers placed by SMC at many places in the city are overflowing and stinking.
On an average, 400 metric tons of solid garbage is produced every day in Srinagar and dumped at the Achan dump. However, the agitation launched by Achan residents had halted dumping in the area.