SRINAGAR: Even though Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has received the vital equipment to carry out segregation of waste, residents in old city allege that the segregation is limited to posh areas and civil lines. They demand that this scientific separation of waste should also be introduced in old city.
The corporation has left out most of the areas in the old city while the corporation stated that it will target waste generated in areas like Jawahar Nagar, Raj Bagh, Barazullah, Hyderpora and Humhama.
SMC Commissioner, Shafkat Khan, told Kashmir Reader that the corporation had been receiving requests from downtown areas for implementation of the project. “We will initiate soon in downtown area. This is a pilot project and we have implemented this for uptown areas right now,” he said.
“It is an irony that SMC has always maintained cleanness and hygiene in posh areas and has neglected the core city where waste that should have been scientifically disposed of on priority basics,” said Farooq Ahmad, resident of Darish Kadal
Srinagar city generates 380 metric ton of waste. If segregation was initiated across the city, it would reduce the load on Achan dumping site, besides generating revenue and employment by means of recycling.
“But the segregation is carried out in few areas of Srinagar. The purpose (of segregation) will not be achieved as areas like downtowns are crowded and garbage is produced in large quantities. The plan should have been initiated in downtown first,” said Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Habba Kadal. “Heaps of garbage cause diseases, and have become breeding grounds for dogs”.
The municipal commissioner, however, is confident that the plan will be extended to all parts of the city. “This is our commitment that door to door segregation will be strengthening to such a level that in every household can dump their waste in a vehicle in a segregated form,” Khan added.