Residential areas suffer garbage mounds
Srinagar: Despite requests by Badamibagh Cantonment Board, the state administration has not allotted any dumping site to the board, leaving the residents of areas coming under its jurisdiction suffer perpetually.
Residents of Shivpora, Sonwar, and adjoining areas complain that the garbage is not being lifted from areas for the last two months.
The areas come under the jurisdiction of Cantonment Board, which is currently deprived of a dumping site. Consequently, the garbage is piling up in localities since March 15, leaving habitations, hospital, markets, schools, lanes and overwhelmed with stinking heaps.
As per official records, an average of 30 metric ton waste is produced from the areas daily.
Garbage is seen piling up near GB Pant Hospital.
The affected areas include Shivpora, Sonwar, Indra Nagar, Batwara and Athwajan.
Residents say they are not just suffering the foul smell, but their health is also getting affected.
Garbage piles have also increased population of stray dogs, posing a threat to children and elderly persons.
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 Upendra Kumar 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 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 that they are asking the Srinagar Municipal Corporation to lift the garbage till a dumping site is allotted to Board.
“We are ready to pay them but they have lifted garbage only two times that too when J&K High Court directed us to clear all the garbage/waste dumped near GB Pant Hospital,” he said.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan did not respond to repeated calls from this reporter.