Board cites lack of dumping site, says state administration not helping
Srinagar: Residents of Shivpora, Sonawar and adjoining areas of Srinagar are complaining that the localities are piling up with heaps of garbage which are not being lifted from the area over the last two months.
The area comes under the jurisdiction of BadamiBagh Cantonment board, and residents said the garbage has not been lifted from residential areas since March 15.
Heaps of garbage are lying on open roads emitting foul smell in localities and near hospital and schools.
“Garbage is also seen near the GB Pant Hospital, thus putting the health of small children as well as attendants at risk who come from different corners of the valley. Instead of cure they get infected,” said Muzaffar Ahmad, a medical representative.
The bus stand at Pantha Chowk has also been left unattended with garbage piles in and around the bus stand turning into a health hazard for commuters, a group of drivers said.
Locals alleged that heaps of garbage have increased the population of stray dogs, which is posing a threat to children and elderly persons.
“The solid waste including plastic bags, polythene and domestic waste is being thrown on the roads sides or either in rivers and sometimes into the drains leading to their blockade due to which small water resources are dying day by day and authority are just passing the bunks,” locals said.
The Cantonment Board officials expressed helplessness, and blamed civil administration for not helping the board with a dumping site.
An official said that until 2005, the Board was in possession of a defence land dumping site at Pantha Chowk, but after a High Court intervention, a 55-kanal site was provided to the board for dumping at Lethpora village in Pulwama district.
Chief Executive officer, Cantonment Board told Kashmir Reader that the Lathpora site was used for dumping untill March this year, but since then, the principal of J&K Police Commando Training Centre (CTC) situated at Lethpora has objected to and not allowed garbage dumping at the site, because of the which people are facing hardships.
“From last two months board has no place to dump the garbage and it was dumped in our large dustbins which are also now filled to capacity. The people in cantonment area have great resentment to the situation and have starting misbehaving with the staff,” he said.
He said that they have approached Divisional Commissioners Kashmir, and deputy commissioners of Srinagar and Pulwama, requesting to either allot a suitable temporary garbage dumping site “by considering security point of view” on immediate basis or arrange lifting of garbage from entire cantonment area, “but nothing has been done so far”.
He said that the board has no place to dump the garbage, for which they are seeking the help from state administration.
“While on the other side The J&K High Court has directed us to clear all the garbage/waste dumped near GB. Many times we have reminded the state administration but nothing has been done,” he said.