Shopian: Heaps of cow dung lying on the banks of water bodies in Zainapora and Chitragam areas of Shopian district is creating an environmental mess .
At Zainpora heaps of dung are lying near a primary health centre, roadsides and banks of Tongri nallah. The PHC is adjacent to a developing tourist park.
Despite many notices from the officials to locals asking them to desist from the practice, residents are unmoved.
“As soon it starts raining, the cow dung gets washed into the rivulet, on which dozens of villages are dependent, even for drinking purposes,” a local resident wishing not to be named said.
Another villager said that the hospital premises, at least, should be clean but lamented that people were dumping waste and cow dung near hospital or the stream which is creating environment mess at the sub district headquarter.
Similarly at Chitragam tehsil headquarter residents are throwing cow dung and household waste either on road sides or on banks of water bodies.
Tehsildar Zainapora, Fida Hussain, told Kashmir Reader that they are going to start a drive against the “environmental mess”.
A revenue officer from Chitragam Tehsil said that they have issued notice to people throwing wastes on roadsides and banks of water streams. “We even informed them through Friday congregations. We will soon start a drive to clear that,” he said.