Pulwama: Residents of Pulwama town in south Kashmir are forced to litter the streets in the absence of dustbins.
The residents alleged that the municipal committee of the town was in a mess, and not a single dustbin was placed anywhere in town.
People are forced to throw wastes on road sides and banks of streams from where it is not even cleared, they alleged. “Last year executive officer told us that dustbins would be placed at all places, but more than a year has passed and no dust bin is in sight anywhere in the town,” Riyaz Ahmad, a local resident said.
Residents accuse authorities of turning the whole town into a garbage dump.
“People are forced to throw wastes on roadsides or banks of streams because of the official apathy,” Javid Ahmad, another resident said.
A group of senior citizens said that their repeated pleas have gone unheard, while as dumping wastes in open was turning into a health hazard.
Mir Burhan, a resident of Dalipora said that throwing garbage in open has polluted the water bodies as well because dogs and birds drag the littered garbage to streams.
“Isn’t it hypocrisy that government announced tall claims under Swach Baharat Abhiyan but the Pulwama town remained without dustbins,” Muhammad Saleem, another resident said.
A shopkeeper near the bus stand lamented, “See the bus stand of Pulwama, what a mess it is, the bad odor of garbage doesn’t let anyone to stay here.”
In areas around bus stand, Shaheed park, Dalipora park, district hospital, heaps of garbage are not only emanating foul stench but also attracting dogs making it unsafe for people, especially school going children. “Pulwama is the lone town in Kashmir which has no dustbins and despite writing to higher ups no action was taken,” Bashir Ahmad Lone, another local resident said, while calling the Pulwama town, a town without municipal committee.
Municipal Committee sources admitted that there was lack of dustbins in the town, which they said also create problems for their sweepers.
Executive Officer Muncipal committee Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the contract for placing dustbins was already given to an agency but they violated the deadline.
“With in a week’s time there will be dustbins in every locality in town area. If the agency doesn’t meet our demands then we soon will give tender to another person,” he said.
He denied allegations that the committee was not picking garbage on daily basis, and said they were picking garbage from the town daily, in two shifts.