Beerwah: Heaps of garbage and solid waste have been dumped along the shores of Sukhnag rivulet flowing through the Beerwah sub-division of central Kashmir’s Budgam district causing resentment among the environment conscious people against the local municipal committee.
The Kashmir Reader has captured pictures of the municipal committee employees carrying the garbage in tractors and dumping it on the shore of the stream that serves drinking and irrigation water to hundreds of villages.
The garbage, mainly plastic waste, could be seen dumped on the shore all along the main road connecting Magam-Beerwah and has not been removed ever.
“Though they have the option to dump it to safer places but the Committee deliberately dumps it on the water body and are polluting the water,” says a local resident Abdul Ahad.
“Garbage coming out of our homes is being removed by municipal committee employees but they dump it here and it has piled up now,” Ahad said adding the debris from buildings and waste from hospitals and shops is also dumped on the bank leading to environmental issues. Dogs are feeding on it and passersby remain in continuous danger, “he added.
“The main road is the lone link for the students to reach their destinations. They are under constant threat to cross the road at said places because the dogs have created the fear among people,” said Ali Mohammad, another resident.
The nallah (stream) is vital and is sole source of water for many villages which flows all along the road leading to famous Tosamaidan and Dodpathri meadows, he said.
Locals pleaded with the higher authorities to intervene and save the water body from getting polluted.
However, executive officer municipal committee Beerwah Shabir Ahmad said that he has no space available to dump the garbage.
The Beerwah constituency is represented by former chief minister Omar Abdullah in the state assembly.