SRINAGAR: A waterway connecting Dal Lake with Nigeen has turned into a health hazard for local residents with the stinky state it is in.
Resdents of Naidyar and other localities around Srinagar’s Rainawari area alleged that authorities have never bothered to visit the area, nor taken any initiatives to clean the water body.
Nissar Ahmad Wani, a resident of Nadiyar, said that the pungent smell across the area poses health hazards.
“We don’t know why we are always been treated as a marginalized section of the society. Due to this pungent smell we face many health problems,” Wani said.
“At times we are not able to open windows as this foul smell enters our rooms.” The residents said that authorities visit the area only when floods hit them.
“Not a single official visits this area. They did not take any initiative to clean this water body, last year we started cleaning this water body which is a part of Dal on our own,” Khursheed Ahmad, a local resident said. Another resident Bashir Ahmad Dar said that in summers children fall ill, because of the foul smells emanating from the water body.
However, during winters people get some relief, because fo the temperature drop. The residents added that unwanted weeds have engulfed the water body, and the authorities need to put in some serious efforts to save the body.
The water body is a larger reflection of the environmental degradation going on in Kashmir.
Muzaffar Ahmad, an environmental expert said the main reason for the degradation of the environment is pollution of water bodies.
“The drainage from the city including the areas from different towns, districts flow through river Jhelum has become a major cause for degrading the environment,” he said.
He further added that the state administration is busy in maintaining law and order but the environment has been pushed to the walls.
Vice Chairman, Lakes and Waterways Development Authority, Hafeez Masoodi told Kashmir Reader that weed growth in lakes is expected during summers and the authority has already floated advertisements for hiring skilled labour to remove lily other types of weeds. “The operation will formally commence on 20th of this month. Once we receive skilled labors, we will deploy into various places including Rainawari area so that things are cleared,” she said.