Sopore: A video showing Sopore Municipality employees dumping human waste in the open has gone viral on social media (Facebook) with netizens expressing outrage over the act.
The 3-minute video shows a vehicle of the municipality dumping human waste in open, close to the residential colony of Model Town. Noticing that someone is filming the act, the Municipal employees threaten and intimidate him, and tell him that ‘no one can do anything’ about it.
Within minutes of upload, the clip spread like wildfire, with thousands of views and hundreds of shares, and angry netizens expressing outrage.
A Facebook user, Sajad Bhat commented that “they get so much of funding but still, they have made our town a dustbin, look at the banks of river Jhelum, they have ruined it all, shame on this department”. Another user wrote that the act was worth condemnation and appreciated the bravery of the person who even after abuses and threats by “these shameless employees” caught them on camera.
Ali (last name), who filmed the act told Kashmir Reader on phone that he was going to work when he saw the Municipal employees dumping human waste in open “that too near residential area”.
“I started clicking video to get them exposed but these employees came to me, asked me for identity card, when I resisted, they abused, threatened and even tried to hit me with stick, I was saved by the local commuters,” Ali said.
“When we asked them that why are they dumping waste in open like this and they have been caught on camera, they carelessly and fearlessly replied, no one can do anything about it, everybody knows about it,” Ali said.
“This is an open violation and these people need to get exposed so that they can be made accountable and should understand the hazards of their act,” Ali concluded.
Civil society in Sopore reacted sharply to the incident.
Abdul Gaffer, a senior citizen told Kashmir Reader that the town was already struggling with waste management for a decade. “Dumping human waste in the open, near the population, is welcoming diseases. The authorities must take cognizance of the act and punish these negligent people,” Gaffer said.
Municipal Officer Sopore and ADC Sopore’s office, both feigned ignorance about the issue.
“We dump waste 15 kilometres far from the town; you can share a video and pictures of this episode to me, so that I will see myself and can do something about it”, Abdul Mateen, Executive Officer of Sopore, told Kashmir Reader.
“I have no information about this episode, give me some time, will inquire about it”, Ashiq Hussain, Additional District Commissioner told Kashmir Reader.
Amidst these administrative logjams and carelessness, streets, markets and riverbeds of Sopore are getting overwhelmed by the garbage, posing dangers to the environment, water and the health of residents.