Residents rue lack of garbage bins in Meemendar

According to the residents, heaps of garbage, lying on the roadsides near a filling station has made their life miserable.
Residents rue lack of garbage bins in Meemendar
Stray dogs near open dumping sites across Kashmir has been a common site since recent years. [File]GK Photo

Shopian: Residents of Meemender locality in south Kashmir's Shopian town are facing lot of inconveniences due to lack of garbage bins in their area.

According to the residents, heaps of garbage, lying on the roadsides near a filling station has made their life miserable.

"Despite our repeated requests, municipal authorities never bothered to keep garbage bins in the locality," said Mohammad Iqbal, a local resident.

Iqbal said that the heaps of garbage attract stray dogs. The dogs make it almost impossible for the residents to venture out of their homes after it gets dark. "We have to carry sticks to scare the streets dogs away if we need to come out of our homes in the evening or in night," he said.

Another resident said that a rancid smell near the garbage site is making it difficult for them to sit comfortably inside their homes.

"The stench emanates round the clock from the garbage and we have to shut the windows of our houses to avoid the smell," he said. A group of residents complained that the waste has also made it's way into the nearby farm land.

"Now we find plastic bags and polythene wrappers in our farms," they said. The residents said due to non-availablity of dustbins they were forced to throw the household waste on the roadsides.

An official from Municipal Council Shopian told Great Kashmir that they would look into the matter.

He, however, said that people must develop a civic sense and should not throw garbage on the roads.

" People throw garbage on the roads in some areas, where dustbins have been kept available", he added.

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