Anantnag, Jun 4: The lack of a proper sewage treatment plant or a garbage dumping site in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir is taking a severe toll on the environment and health of residents in the area.
Reports said that the municipal authorities, after letting the garbage rot on the roadsides for days, dump it on the outskirts of the town without any proper treatment.
Residents say irregular clearance of garbage in the towns in the district was a major cause of the spread of diseases in the area.
“Not only is it affecting the health of the residents but the foul smell emanating from the garbage is also unbearable and concerns both the residents of the area and the people passing by,” said Shahnawaz Ali, a resident of the S K Colney area of Anantnag town.
He said there were no garbage bins in the town due to which garbage was left at roadsides for days together till the authorities sent a dumping van.
Residents of areas adjoining Anantnag town say garbage from Anantnag town was at least being picked up even if it was irregular and dumped into trenches on the outskirts of the town. “In our town garbage is left to rot just outside the town limits, under open sky, causing severe inconvenience to people living nearby,” said a resident of Bijbehara town.
The authorities, however, maintain that the problem is going to be taken care of very soon. “We will be shortly getting dust bins for the town and as far as the clearance of garbage is concerned, we are doing it at a very frequent basis,” claimed Shabir Ahmad, chief executive officer, Municipal Council, Anantnag.