Hajin: Continuous dumping of garbage and waste on the banks of Jhelum in Hajin area of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has become a perennial problem for the residents.
Residents say that non-biodegradable items like plastic bottles can be seen dumped on the banks and floating in the river.
“It is depressing and really a sad state,” Hilal Ahmad, a local resident said. “The river banks once acted as refreshing spots, where people used to spent their free time in the healthy environment but now the irresponsible residents and callous approach of municipal committee have created a menace in the area.”
Another resident said that the local residents are largely to blame as they dump the waste on the banks of the river near Hajin market.
The stink from the dump creates problems for people passing through the market. Women, who use the river water for daily chores are the worst affected.
“The irony is that Municipal Committee Hajin and its employees never took a cleanliness drive in the area or on the Jhelum embankments,” he said.
Executive Officer municipal committee Hajin Ghulam Rasool Shah told Kashmir Reader that he would look into the matter take action against offenders.
“Nobody will be allowed to encroach on river banks” Shah said.
He added that a cleanliness drive would be taken soon to make the embankments clean, and whosoever throws garbage on riverbanks would be dealt seriously now.
“I urge people around the area to contact me, for any grievance in the area,” Shah said.