Lack of sanitation at Achan garbage dump triggers protest

Residents living around the Achan garbage dump here on Saturday staged protest against authorities for failing to control pungent smell from the dumping site.
Lack of sanitation at Achan garbage dump triggers protest
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Residents living around the Achan garbage dump here on Saturday staged protest against authorities for failing to control pungent smell from the dumping site. 

The aggrieved residents hampered movement of vehicles carrying garbage to the site at Saidapora Bridge.  "Pungent smell emanating from the dumping sits has made our lives miserable. We had taken up the matter with Srinagar municipal corporation. But our pleas have fallen on deaf ears," said Imitiyaz Ahmad, a protestor.

The agitating residents said the dumping ground has become hazardous for them due to unscientific dumping of waste over past few decades.

"Due to pungent smell, many people have fallen ill," said Bilal Ahmad, a local.

On an average, nearly 450 metric tons of solid waste is produced in Srinagar every day and is dumped at Achan, the lone dumping site in the summer capital. 

SMC commissioner, Peerzada Hafeezullah, admitted that foul smell was emanating from the site. "We are in a process to cover the cell (one of portions of dumping site) which is responsible for emanating this smell. It will take us around four days to complete the process," he said.

He claimed that locals have been informed about reasons for emanation of pungent smell.  "They agreed and dispersed off peacefully. To some extent, we have minimized emanation of smell," the commissioner added.

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