50 days on, authorities fail to lift mounds of garbage from Cantt Board areas

With authorities have failed to remove mounds of garbage from several localities of Badamibagh cantonment here, for past 50 days, locals fear the situation was fast turning into a health hazard.

On an average at least thirty metric ton of waste is produced in these areas every day, said an official, adding since there has been no garbage collection for past 50 days at least 1500 metric tons waste was lying on roads, streets and in overflowing dustbins.

“We are not able to come out of our houses owing to the stinking smell emanating from the garbage. In fact in this hot weather we are forced to keep windows shut to save ourselves from this pungent smell,” said Hilal Bhat, a resident of Palpora, Sonwar. 

Authorities at the cantonment board said that they have no dumping site available to remove the garbage.

On the other hand, affected areas like Shivpora, Sonwar, Indra Nagar, Batwara and Athwajan, have turned into garbage dump with heaps of waste lying scattered, not only in residential areas but also in front of schools and on roads and streets.

While complaining of inconvenience caused owing to piling up of garbage, another local said they fear that the situation could give rise to infectious diseases in the localities. Another resident Altaf Mir echoed the same views. “If the situation remains same we could be face a health crisis,” he said, urging the government to intervene.

Upendra Kumar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Badamibagh Cantonment Board said they have written to divisional administration for providing them space for dumping the garbage.

The Board was in possession of 197 kanal at Panthachowk which was used as garbage dumping ground. On the directions of High Court, it gave up the land and was provided an alternative land of 55 kanal at village Lethpora as garbage dumping site.

“From 12 March this year authorities at JK Police Commando Training Centre situated at Lethpora didn’t allow us to dump the garbage there,” said Kumar.

He said Board has requested authorities to ask SMC to lift and dump the garbage till alternative site was allotted to it.