Gulmarg in garbage mess
Srinagar, June 15: The famous ski-resort Gulmarg has been marred by extreme pollution due to littering of tons of garbage causing inconvenience to the tourists.
A group of tourists told Greater Kashmir that tons of garbage including polythene and plastic bottles are littered everywhere in the resort. “The eco-fragile zones particularly the stretch along the first and second phase of Gondola has been turned into garbage dump. It is ironic that the authorities are acting as mute spectators to the vandalisation of this world famous tourist resort,” they said.
The locals accused the concerned authorities of failing to enforce a ban on polythene in the resort. “The authorities should fine those who use polythene or litter garbage in Gulmarg. The tourist resort sans adequate dustbins and proper solid waste management,” they alleged.
“Due to increase in temperature, the garbage dumps have started to emanate pungent smell. If immediate measures are not taken, there is fear of an epidemic,” they said.
The tourists also complained that in absence of any regulation by the concerned authorities, the horsemen and street vendors “misbehave” with them. “They also resort to overcharging. This spoils the image of Kashmiris who are otherwise known for their hospitality world over,” they said, while urging the State Government to take steps for checking the problems.
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