SHOPIAN: Heaps of dirt and garbage have accumulated in lanes and alleys of south Kashmir’s Shopian town as the Municipal committee officials refuse to pay heed to the situation.
“Dust, dirt and rubbish is lying scattered in major parts of the main town. There are no dustbins installed in the town and municipal committee workers are in no mood to carry out their professional work to clean the area,” locals said.
Residents from Malik Mohalla told Kashmir Reader that people usually throw away the dust and rubbish of their homes near the local mosque. The heaps of garbage are haven to stray dogs who have made the life of people miserable. During the month of fasting, the people face difficulties in approaching the mosques. “We were not able to go to mosque even in this blessed month. We request the municipal committee Shopian to install a dustbin with lid in the area so that we can pass through the area,” Majid Manzoor, a local resident said.
The waste materials on the streets cause many problems and its bad odour causes many hindrances for the people to pass through the streets. “School going children are facing problems while going to schools and on return as the stray dogs chase them,” Sajad Bashir, a resident of Malik Mohalla said.
The locals said that waste bins were installed but because they were not covered with lids, the stray dogs turned them over and littered the places instead.
Similar complaints were lodged by ladies from Bonbazar. They said the sweepers don’t come to their area to clean the streets.
Another local from main town told Kashmir Reader that the authorities had placed about 10 dustbins in its office which were lying unused there. “These dustbins can be installed at different locations in the town,” he said.
An official of the municipal committee Asadullah Kumar said that the committee would assess the requirement of dustbins in the town and install new waste bins wherever necessary. “We will also repair the dustbins damaged during 2016 uprising,” Kumar said.