Baramulla: Residents of Boniyar area here are concerned about the heaps of garbage lying scattered from main market to Tehsil Complex and allege that officials are turning blind eye towards the grave issue.
The area falls under the jurisdiction of Rural Development Department (RDD) and Revenue department that are supposed to lift the garbage. But on the roadside of Boniyar in front of Court and Tehsil Complex, piles of unattended garbage could be seen.
The Garbage mainly plastic waste, polythene bags, mounds of domestic waste, bottles and street dust and animal waste is mounded on the highway. All the solid waste that comes out from homes, shops, hotels, Tehsil complex and other nearby private and government offices is put on the roadside in front of government offices.
The residents of the locality and pedestrians said that stinking smell emanating from the garbage has made their life miserable.
They complained that the concerned authorities lift the solid waste from the roadside only when any politician and bureaucrat visits the area else the “garbage is never lifted.”
Echoing the concern of residents, shopkeepers also blame the concerned authority for their “inattention” which could lead to breakout of diseases in the area.
The area is the hub of government offices including Tehsil complex, sub-district magistrate, Zonal Educational Office and hundrends of people visit these offices daily. “This is all mess here and i feel pity for the concerned authorities who do not even care despite passing through the road daily,” said Rashid Latief Mir, a social activist.
A resident Waseem Bazaz said that they have appealed several times to the authorities to make a dumping pit for solid waste or lift it but all the affords have gone in vain till now.
Recently Shopkeeprs and locals had joined hands to setup a dumping site on the road side but that failed within months since the waste input in the site was very high.
Boniyar Shopkeepers President, Saleem Khan said that concerned authority “do not care” despite all the garbage is mounded in front of their offices. He said that dogs roll around this garbage heaps making the movement of pedestrians difficult.
Tehsildar Boniyar, Mubashir Amin Khan told Kashmir Reader that they have “lifted the garbage couple of times”, since they have directed the residents “not to put waste on road side and in front of government offices” but they do not obey.
“We have installed dustbins all over the market and residential streets so that the proper waste management could be done but since the waste inflow is so high that the dustbins are overflowed,” Khan said.
Despite repeated attempts by Kashmir Reader Block Development Officer Boniyar, Gh Nabi Andrabi could not be reached for his comments.