The inhabitants of Zampe Kadal Chattabal are up in arms against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation for failing to prevent the vacant land from turning into a garbage dumping site.
The residents have demanded to clear up the landfill site for the larger interests of the people.
A delegation comprising of locals from Zampe Kadal Chattabal said that the vacant land has turned into a dumping site that is causing health problems due to the foul smell emanating from it.
The land, which is nearer to the Himayat centre, is rapidly turning into a garbage dumping site with the negligence of authorities as no action has been taken to clear up the land.
The residents said that they have approached many officials in this regard but nothing has been done in this regard. “We have been continuously pleading to the municipal authorities to remove garbage from the vacant area, but no action has been taken in this regard.”
The residents alleged that garbage was being accumulated in the middle of the road at Chattabal near the Himayat centre.
“The presence of garbage in the vacant land is a threat to our lives as foul smell pervades in the atmosphere. The site has turned to be a shelter for dozens of canines due to which the kids feel afraid to walk,” said Ghulam Muhammad Dar, a local resident of the locality.
“The garbage pile on the roadside near Chattabal is a breeding ground for insects and can lead to several diseases,” many residents said.
One local said, “They said that the dirt and garbage stinks and has already spread infection but no one from the administration is paying any heed to our difficulties. All this is only causing hardships to us. The authorities have assured us several times but they have failed to keep their promise.”
Another resident said that the district administration and municipal authorities of Srinagar are not going for antiseptic sprays like phenyl to avoid spread of diseases thereby leaving the people to suffer.