Kupwara, Feb 5: In absence of a proper dumping site in Kupwara also called natural beauty Town and crown of India, Municipal Committee Kupwara is throwing garbage into well known river Lolab at various places in Kupwara, which not only pollutes the water body but also poses threat to the lives of dozens of people who consume the water, residents of various localities said.
“However dumping the garbage near river is extremely dangerous since it poses multiple threats directly to the people. Various areas including, Geerhati, Galzoo near cricket stadium and other areas consume the water of the River Lolab and the garbage pollutes this water, hence posing threat to their lives,” said the locals. They expressed serious concern that if the practice is not stopped forthwith, this could pose serious threat to aquatic life.
“The Municipal Committee Kupwara, after collecting garbage from various parts of the town directly throws it into the river Lolab at Geerhati,” we have complained to the authorities many times but to no avail, the residents said.
Meanwhile, the locals said that Kupwara administration failed to maintain beauty of Kupwara.
The Director Urban Local bodies Manzoor Ahmad Sofi said that they are preparing for scientific disposal of the garbage . “The garbage dump will be soon disposed off in a scientific manner besides we are looking for alternate site too,”
“Recently we have identified land for the garbage dumping site that was a cluster type at Nutnussa for three constituencies Kupwara, Handwara and Langate, we hope it will come soon,” he added.