Pulwama: The Pulwama town continues to be without any dustbins, despite years of waiting, forcing residents to litter on the streets and roadsides.
The littered waste has created foul odour and many places, besides becming a haven for dogs.
Residents of the town alleged authorities of neglecting their long pending grievance about the installation of dustbins.
They complained that lack of dustbins has resulted in a mess and the resultant proliferation of dogs forces them to stay indoors after sunset.
“We several times brought this issue in notice of higher authorities but our repeated demonstration hasn’t solved out problems,” a local resident living near Pulwama bus stand said.
Residents also mocked at the government’s ‘Swach Bharat Mission’, which they alleged was a mere publicity than a cleanliness drive.
“Where is cleanliness when we are demanding dustbins since years,” Musaib, a local said.
“This not only creates problems for passersby but also to us but we have no options,” Bashir Ahmad, another local said.
“People are forced to throw waste 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.
Sajad Ahmad, 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.
In areas around bus stand, Shaheed park, Dalipora park, district hospital and Chattpora area, heaps of garbage are emanating foul stench.
Executive Officer Muncipal Committee Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the problem will be solved within a fortnight.
“We have bought all dustbins but we are waiting for trucks,” he said adding that they will place two dustbins in localities; one for degradable products and another for non degradable wastes.
“If we install them without having separate vehicle then there is no use of it when we will carry both the wastes in one vehicle,” Mushtaq said.
He added that they were regularly cleaning the streets and road sides twice in a day.