SHOPIAN: Shopian administration is dumping solid waste on the banks of Rambiara after failing to find land for a dumping site.
Heaps of garbage in the premises of the town’s mini-secretariat and on the banks of the rivulet depicts the attitude of government towards the water resources and environment.
At Nagrai, near mini-secretariat, Municipal Committee Shopian has dumped waste over a huge area. The site is next to Nagrai spring where waste flows into water. “The huge heaps of wastage on the banks rivulet and the spring is a live example of lawlessness by the law-makers,” Muhammad Abid Saki, a resident said.
Earlier in 2016, the then deputy commissioner of Shopian said that the government has identified a dumping site in Nazneenpora village and “within days” his administration would make that site operational. Till date, no such measure has materialized.
Executive officer municipal committee Shopian, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, told Kashmir Reader that they have no alternate site for dumping the waste.
“Yes, it’s unfortunate that waste is left to decompose near water bodies. We have no other option. But the process of heaping up waste on the banks of rivulet is not new. The land has been allotted four decades ago,” he said.
Villagers reported that municipal committee employees also burnt the waste, including polythene, near the site. “The waste material not only pollutes the water, but also pollutes the air,” Gulzar Ahmad Khan, a villager said.
The concerned people say that the Rambiara water must be treated scientifically before serving to the people for drinking purpose.
“Rambiara, despite being an effective source of drinking water, was maltreated by the authorities in different ways like dumping wastage, unchecked illegal constructions and violations by the civil parties,” an environmentalist said.
Executive officer further added that the authorities have identified a site at Letpora Pulwama. “Government is taking cognizance of the problem. Till the new site for decomposition is completed, we will decompose the waste at the same area,” he said. On burning of wastes and polythene, he said that action will be taken against officials if the reports were found correct.
“I don’t know anything about that (Nazneenpora) site,” he said adding that he was not in this office then. “I took charge of this office three months back,” he said.