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Srinagar dumping site a threat in making for locals

SRINAGAR: Javed Ahmad lives just a few meters away from Achan, a dumping site, who along with his family experiences all the foul smell as well as the consequences of the wastage, being dumped every morning within the vicinity.

While sharing his ordeal, Ahmad said the foul smell, infectious diseases and other related issues are a norm now in their locality. “We have been moving from pillar to post to seek some refuge from the prevalent situation, but other than fake promises, nothing has been done in this regard,” Ahmad while talking to a Valley news agency.

“The promises kept changing from shifting the dumping site to waste to energy plant. However, the ground reality remains unchanged for the people living here,” he said, adding that forget about the relatives, even the residents don’t want to return after leaving the locality.

“The foul smell continues to emanate from the dumping site around 24 hours while most of the residents here have developed stomach related issues now,” he said.

“Such is the situation that nobody could even dare to eat anything on the road in our locality. Every step or measure taken by the concerned authorities for scientific dumping has failed to bring any positive results,” he said and appealed to the concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest.

He said the construction in the entire area—Barwara, is banned, but one fails to understand how the number of residential houses has increased from just 15 to about 200 in the locality. “I don’t understand who is giving them permission to construct the houses and also why the construction is being allowed when the area is being converted into the hub of wastage every day,” he added.

However, SMC Commissioner, Athar Aamir Khan said that already three sanitary cells have been constructed while the fourth is being constructed shortly, for which the tenders have already been floated and the work in this regard would be started in coming days.

He added that the locals will soon heave a sigh of relief as further measures are being taken to end their miseries.

“Besides, the DPR of bio mining project has been sent and once the approval is done, the work over it will also be started forthwith,” he added.


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