SRINAGAR: A strike by the employees of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) entered third day on Thursday, leaving the city with piles of garbage scattered on roadsides.
The municipal employees, including the sanitation workers, are on strike demanding action against a femal councillor, who they accuse to assaulting one of the employees.
Garbage piles could be seen across the city, right from the central business area of Lal Chowk to downtown and civil lines as well.
Shopkeepers in Lal Chowk and Batmaloo expressed resentment against the SMC.
“Lal Chowk is the main hub but see the foul smell emanating from the garbage dumped adjacent to Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar). Due to their internal affairs common people suffer,” a group of shopkeepers in the area said. Chairman of Coordination Committee SMC, Mohammad Maqbool Malik told Kashmir Reader that they won’t resume work “till authority fulfil our demands”.
“We need strict against the councillor, she should apologize or resign, councillors must stop harassing the ward officers,” Malik said adding that that there are host of other issues they are seeking resolution, like salary of consolidated employees through online mode.
SMC Sweeper Union, President, Ghulam Muhammad said there was no option left for them except strike. “No sweeper will work unless the matter is resolved by the administration. Sanitation of the city will remain suspended,” Muhammad said.
“We know common people are suffering but we cannot do anything till our demands are met.”
SMC Commissioner Peerzadah Hafeezullah told Kashmir Reader that they will negotiate with the striking employees.
According to SMC officials, 400 metric tons of garbage is produced in the city daily.