Sumbal protests against bad roads, no garbage dumping site

Scores of traders and residents staged a protest demonstration in Sumbal Thursday amid a complete shutdown against lack of basic amenities in the town of Bandipora district.

The protestors blocked Srinagar-Bandipora road near Sumbal bridge and disrupted vehicular traffic movement for several hours.

“Roads of the town are in a shambles, there is no garbage dumping site in the town,” said Nazir Ahmad Reshi, secretary of the town’s traders federation.

He said that municipal body of Sumbal has failed to remove trash since the last one month even from the main town which does not have proper designated garbage dumping site.

The protestors threatened to prolong the agitation if their demands were not fulfilled immediately.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Zahoor Ahmad admitted the traders’ and residents’ demands and grievances were genuine and that he would take it up with the district development commissioner.

”I visited the town and myself noticed that there are garbage mounds everywhere in the town and roads to are in bad condition. We would try to redress these grievances as early as possible,” Zahoor Ahmad said.