In peak tourist season, Pahalgam presents picture of insanitation

In peak tourist season, Pahalgam presents picture of insanitation

Anantnag: People here in Pahalgam are ruing the lack of sanitation at the busiest time of the year in terms of both the tourist season and the annual Amarnath pilgrimage. The Pahalgam Development Authority (PDA) is being blamed for not making any efforts to keep the place clean.
Locals say the place is turning into a garbage dump. “Every place you can lay your eyes on is filled with garbage,” they said. “The dustbins are overflowing and the beautiful landscape is marred with garbage that has been lying for days at a stretch.”
Locals told Kashmir Reader that important places like the Aru valley, Lavender Park, the bus stand, and many other places were overflowing with garbage.
“This is an obvious spoiler for the tourists, who come to this place with huge expectations,” the locals said.
Another menace, those in the tourism business pointed out, was the horse dung lying all over the roads of the town. The use of horses increases manifold to cater to the annual Amarnath Yatra.
“None of it (horse dung) is cleaned from the roads,” locals said.
Sources in the PDA said that some person has already been given the sanitation contract for the town, but he is not doing any work whatsoever.
“He is a blue-eyed boy and officials of the PDA are hand in glove with him. They are not making him do the work properly,” sources in the PDA told Kashmir Reader.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) PDA, Nasir Ahmad Lone, however claimed that the sanitation work was being carried out regularly and properly.
“Yes, we have outsourced it and he (contractor) is doing good work. But due to heavy footfall in Pahalgam, the waste produced is more than what it usually is,” Lone said.
He added that the PDA, along with the agency to which the sanitation work has been outsourced, will be conducting a sanitation drive on Tuesday to further clean the place.