Sopore: Apple town Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is battling garbage disposal crisis as the authorities have been slow in identifying and making operational a dumping site.
Main town, Sopore, has virtually become a garbage dumping site, with heaps of waste lying scattered in its business areas.
Piles of non-biodegradable waste, including polythene and plastic, can be seen everywhere on the streets, posing a threat of diseases to the common people.
And while the situation goes on worsening, the administration appears to be in no hurry to act.
“In a meeting held in April, deputy commissioner Baramulla assured us that garbage dumping would take place at the site identified near Adipora, Sopore, within a month. But so far, no action has been taken,” president of the Traders Federation at Sopore, Mohammad Ashraf Ganie, told Kashmir Reader.
“The municipality has converted Sopore town into an open dustbin. They are making people suffer because they do not have a dumping site.”
In the recent past, the residents of Sopore held several protests to demand effective disposal of the garbage. Civil Society Sopore took out a rally from the municipal office to the office of sub-district magistrate (SDM) concerned, but no one was present in the latter’s office to listen to their grievances.
The authorities’ approach is making the people believe that they are victims of political vengeance
“First, a site at TulBal was identified for garbage dumping, but the residents there opposed it with the support of their MLA. Now, the dumping site at Adipora is facing opposition from congress MLA,” Rahees Ahad, general secretary of Civil Society Sopore, told Kashmir Reader.
The SDM, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, said the problem has been taken care of.
“The site for dumping garbage has been identified near Adipora. I have written a letter to municipal authorities of Sopore and senior superintendent of police to choose a date for starting working on the new site,” Bhat said.
The Sopore Municipality executive officer, Ghulam Rasool Shah, however, said that they have not finalised a date yet.
“We will start working on it when police is ready to give us protection. We have informed police about it. They would choose a date soon,” he said.