Soner Khul turns into garbage dumping site

Soner Khul turns into garbage dumping site
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Raja Aasim
Srinagar: Soner khul- once a famed tributary of Jehlum known for clean water is now dying a slow death due to the continuous garbage dumping and discharge of sewage into it from nearby households.
The tributary flows through Chattabal, Nawabazar, Zaldagar, Kani Kadal, Darish Kadal areas of Srinagar city.
The solid waste is seen lying on the rivulet and the sewage generated in houses and commercial establishments discharges directly in the water.
Locals blame authorities for destruction of this rivulet as concerned authorities haven’t taken enough measures to prevent people from throwing garbage into it.
“The drains constructed by the SMC lead to the rivulet.
It’s not our mistake we are compelled to do so,”said a local resident from Nawabazar.
Locals also said that the foul smell emanating from the rivulet has also caused health problems in the locality.
“The unbearable smell emanating from the rivulet causes severe health problems here. We are not able to sit around and do our work, “said a local shopkeeper in Chattabal.
“We have complained to the concerned authorities many times but they are least concerned about the issue,” he added.
Another shopkeeper of Zaldagar also said that there was a time when locals would use its water for different purposes but now it is even difficult to stand on the banks of rivulet.
Cheif Engineer Flood and Irrigation Department Shanawaz Ahmed Mir blamed the locals for throwing garbage into the rivulet.
“Locals are responsible and also don’t have enough staff to control them from throwing garbage. I will send a team there to clean it.”
Imtiyaz Qazi, concerned official of SMC admitted that there is no proper drainage network in the area and until that comes up, it will go like this.”