Garbage collection affected in Srinagar

Garbage collection by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation has been severely affected as several lanes and bylanes after still under snow in the summer capital.

Residents of various areas falling under the domain of SMC complained against lack of garbage collection.

“There has been garbage collection by SMC for the last four days. The normal sanitation work has also been badly hit,” said Shabir Ahmad of Munwarabad.

Srinagar city has a population of 1.4 million and produces up to 450 metric tons of waste every day which is collected by SMC Safai Karamcharies and shifted to Achan dumping sit.

SMC Commissioner Gazanfar Ali said that lifting of garbage from the city areas would resume from Saturday.

On the complaints snow-clearance and garbage collection was delayed, he said that “SMC is responsible for removing snow from interior roads, lanes and bylanes.”

“As the main roads were not cleared by concerned departments immediately, the SMC field staff could not reach to their respective areas for snow clearance and garbage collection,” he said.

Meanwhile the SMC Commissioner held a review meeting on Friday to take the stock of situation.

Commissioner was informed that all 85 permanent dewatering stations are functional and 34 mobile dewatering pumps have been installed at vulnerable places, besides 15 sucker jetting machines.