Failure of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) to clear garbage from streets in past several days has pushed the summer capital on the verge of an environmental disaster.
Heaps of garbage is littered on across the city due to suspension of waste lifting following row between SMC and Achan residents over dumping of garbage there.
On an average 400 metric tons of solid garbage is produced per day in Srinagar and subsequently dumped at Achan, the lone dumping place in the summer capital. In past four days, it is estimated that around 1600 metric tons of garbage is littered on city streets.
In absence of cleaning, piles of garbage are littered on roads in various areas of the city including Parimpora, Bemina, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk, Karan Nagar, Hyderpora, Chanapora, Natipora, Hawal, Nowhatta, Rainawari, Hazratbal, Lal Bazar, Soura, Buchpura, Khanyar and Dalgate.
Following incessant rains, the garbage including polythene, plastic bottles, leftover food and animal carcasses have been scattered on the roads. Pungent smell emanating from the garbage piles has made lives of people miserable.
"We are unable to walk on streets due to unbearable stink emanating from the overflowing bins," said Mehraj Ahmad of Khanyar.
"The dumping sites here are overflowing with stinking garbage. Despite requests, SMC has failed to lift the garbage," said Ghulam Muhammad, a resident of Baba Demb.
The residents of other areas also decried "non-serious" attitude of the SMC towards sanitation of the city.