BARAMULLA: The inhabitants Qadeem Mohalla Khawaja Bagh of Baramulla have criticised the district administration for its failure to provide them dustbins, as they have to dump waste on the banks of river Jhelum, resulting in huge accumulation of garbage along the river banks.
Ishfaq Rahim, a local resident, said, “We are suffering from last three years as municipal committee have not provided us dustbins, and we are compelled to throw the waste into the river.”
“The primary source of our drinking water is river Jehlum. The portable water which is supplied to us is therefore unsafe,” he said. “We are at risk of getting diseases due to the garbage which is thrown into the river by the locals as well as municipal workers.”
Another local Tariq Ahmad said that the whole area stinks and there is always foul smell around the river.
Executive officer of municipal committee Baramulla, Firdous Mangloo, said, “The locals has fenced the way to the river due to which we cannot clean the river bank. It is the public who are throwing garbage on the river banks and we are still trying to take necessary measures to clean it. After cleaning the bank we will prevent the public from polluting the river.”