Pulwama: Apart from the obvious health hazards the open dumping of garbage poses to the public life, the practice has also become a security issue for police in Pulwama.
The Municipal Committee Pulwama (MCP) have been dumping garbage at a site surrounded closely by the Pulwama SSP’s office, the Town Hall, the ‘Food and supplies’ office and the Zonal Office of Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited.
Moreover several residential houses have been constructed in the vicinity in the last few years.
The employees at these offices and the substantial number of locals visiting the area complain that mountains of filth lie in the area posing a grave risk to the health of the people.
“The stench emanating from the garbage is unbearable. Since I have been posted here I get ill often, like many of my colleagues and the only reason we can fathom is the mountains of garbage lying right outside our office,” an employee at the JK Bank’s Zonal office told Kashmir Reader.
While for the rest it’s just an issue with health hazards, for the police men posted at the SSP’s office the garbage is a potential security threat.
“What if somebody plants an IED in the filth?” asks a senior police official posted at the SSP’s office.
He said that their office has raised the issue with concerned authorities time and again but nothing is being done.
“The only thing we can witness is that these mounds of filth keep getting bigger every month,” the official said. Sources in the Municipal Committee told Kashmir Reader that the garbage is being dumped at the site since last fifteen years now and has never been cleared.
Executive Officer (EO) of the Committee, Mushtaq Ahmad, said he has raised the issue time and again.
“We do not have a dumping site and I have been raising the issue time and again. I was in a meeting even today where I raised the issue,” Mushtaq said.
He said that a piece of land has been identified in Lethpora area, which will be turned into a dumping site with a processing plant.
“In fact it will serve as a dumping site for other municipalities as well like Pampora, Tral and even Shopian,” the EO said, adding that the existing dumping site has been identified for a Community Hall.
He said that the CM has earmarked some funds for the construction of the Community hall, as well.
“So it will be cleared off the filth soon enough,” he said.