Legislators fight over proposed sites
Sopore: In the absence of a garbage dumping site, apple town Sopore is slowly turning into an open garbage dump. Mounds of garbage, growing in size gradually, can be found at many locations in the town, giving residents a tough time, while the issue of a dumping site remains locked in a political tussle.
At least three proposed dumping sites have been doing the rounds for some years – TulBal, Adipora, and Tarzoo – but none could be finalized with residents putting the blame on a tussle between two legislators on the issue.
An official source told Kashmir Reader that the a site at TulBal was identified for garbage dumping some years back, but the local residents opposed it with the support of their legislator Basharat Bukhari, who is currently the minister for relief and rehabilitation.
After that, another site was identified at Adipora where it is facing opposition from Congress MLA, Abdul Rashid Dar.
The two legislators have also locked horns over the issue in the legislative assembly, with the two blaming each other for the problem.
Meanwhile, Sopore town has virtually become a garbage dump, with big heaps of waste lying scattered in commercial as well as residential areas.
“The municipality has converted Sopore town into an open dustbin. They are making people suffer because they do not have a dumping site,” Shafiq Ahmad, a shopkeeper in Sopore town said.
The residents have also held several protests in the last few years demanding effective disposal of the garbage.
“The government seems to be in no mood to deal with this issue, do government want us to come on streets and start agitation by us as they understand the language of protests only,” Shafiq said.
Last year SDM Sopore, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, told Kashmir Readers that the garbage problem had been resolved by finalising the Adipora site for dumping.
However, now, Bhat expressed helplessness.
“Even after so many efforts by the local administration to address this issue, it has taken a bad turn and we in the administration are helpless to deal with it,” Bhat said.
Congress legislator, Dar, told Kashmir Reader that no dumping site had been identified in Adipora.
“But yes two dumping sites which has been identified in TulBal and Tarzoo will be put in action soon as the present ruling government has assured us action,” Dar said.
Asked about the opposition by residents and PDP legislator Bukhari to TulBal site, he said
“let them oppose, government will take care of that itself.”