Shopian: The Rambiara embankments are rapidly turning into a garbage dumping site as the administration is dumping the solid waste there in absence of any dumping site in the South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
The government claims over paying attention towards the environment and water resources proved ill on the ground as the heaps of garbage can be seen in the premises of mini secretariat and banks of Ranbiara.
Locals said that the Municipal Committee Shopian is dumping waste near Nagrai, a famous spring of South Kashmir.
Mohammad Adnan a resident of Arhama area said that the heaps of garbage near banks of spring Nagrai clearly illustrate the apathy of the administration.
Importantly, in year 2016, government identified a dumping site in Nazneenpora village. However, the place identified has not been made operational.
Locals said that Municipal employees are burning waste material including polythene near water bodies, resulting in air and water pollution.
They added that the water of Ranbiara is being used for drinking purpose as well. The locals demanded administration that the water must be treated scientifically before serving it to the people.
They said that it is unfortunate that the administration from last four years has failed to get any alternative site for dumping purpose.
Executive Officer Municipal Committee Shopian, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar, told Kashmir Vision that due to the lack of garbage dumping site, the corporation is using the place as a dumping site.
He admitted that the occurrence is affecting water bodies, he said, “We have no other option.”
However, he added that the new dumping site at Lethpora Pulwama, spread on 100 Kanals has been approved for five Municipal Committees of Pulwama and one Municipal Committee of Shopian district.