Soura protests, seeks relocation of SKIMS incinerators
Srinagar, Nov 6: The residents of Dawood Colony, Soura and its adjoining areas Tuesday held protest demonstration seeking relocation of incinerators at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) near the residential colony.
The locals alleged that hazardous bio-medical waste disposal from valley’s premier tertiary care hospital, the SKIMS has put lives of inhabitants of adjoining areas, at risk.
They alleged that the SKIMS, over the years have been disposing off bio-medical wastes at a nearby dumping site equipped with incinerator.
“Incinerator smoke is major cause of inconvenience for us all. The residents of Dawood Colony are suffering from chest infections and even sometime we are not able to breathe properly,” the protesters said while shouting slogans.
The residents said smoke emanating from the incinerators finds way into the houses as result of which many were suffering from chest diseases.
“Either provide us rehabilitation or remove the incinerator from the present location,” the locals said adding “If no action is taken we will launch a massive agitation.”
“We have been fighting for last twenty years to get these incinerators and the junkyard relocated from the present site which is near residential areas. But our pleas have fallen on deaf ears as nobody is ready to listen to our grievances,” said the locals adding that even the employees of the SKIMS have been pitching hard to get the incinerators and dumping site relocated.
Pertinently State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has warned SKIMS management that the repeated violations under the Bio-Medical Waste Rules “were of serious nature and are cognizable under section 5 and section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986.”
“Even plastic waste was seen being incinerated along with the bio-medical waste which results in highly toxic emissions. These unscientific practices are potentially harmful to overall public health especially to inhabitants of Dawood Colony, Dar Mohalla, Soura) as well as the environment,” reads the SPCB report.
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