No solid waste management for 23 lakh residents in northern Kashmir
Baramulla: For the over 23 lakh population of northern Kashmir, solid waste generated by residential homes and commercial places has no place to be disposed of.
As a result, thousands of people here are prone to infectious diseases, while improper waste disposal seriously affects the environment.
In Kupwara district, city council authorities had identified several waste unloading locations.
However, due to objections raised by locals, the issue has often sparked controversy.
“Waste dumping is a big problem here. So far, we have identified four landfill sites after objections raised by people around the identified area, the proposal could not be carried out, ”said Riyaz Ahmad, an official at Kupwara city council.
Likewise, in the town of Baramulla and Sopore of the Baramulla district, the lack of dumpsites has led to the pollution of water bodies.
The solid waste generated every day by the city of Baramulla and Sopore could often be seen dumped on the banks of the river, which is a lifeline for residents of Baramulla district.
“The authorities have so far failed to resolve this serious problem. The result is that the city of Sopore has become a garbage can. The once busiest city in Kashmir has now turned into a dirty city, ”said Fayaz Ahmad, a local.
Likewise, the town of Baramulla is struggling with poor waste management.
About five tonnes of waste is generated by the city every day.
In the absence of the landfill, the waste was dumped on the banks of the water bodies, polluting them irreparably.
“Solid waste from the town of Baramulla is dumped near the river bank at Khawja Bagh Pier in Baramulla, despite the court ruling that solid waste cannot be dumped near water bodies. The problem becomes more serious as water from the Jhelum river is used to provide tap water to the entire population of Baramulla town, ”said Farooq Ahmad, a member of civil society.
The situation in Bandipora district is no different.
The authorities have also not identified a landfill site.
As a result, people are susceptible to contracting infectious diseases.
According to the official report, more than 20 metric tons of solid waste is collected in the three districts of northern Kashmir.
The lack of a solid waste disposal mechanism poses a serious threat to residents here.
Residents here believe that with population growth and urbanization, solid waste disposal on modern lines, if not started immediately, would have a serious effect on health as well as the environment. .
“Inappropriate disposal of solid waste on the shores of water bodies poses a serious threat of environmental degradation. In addition, it has the potential to spread infectious diseases. The administration must put in place a mechanism for the disposal of solid waste on a scientific basis so that it is treated in the interest of the people, ”said Shahid Imran Bhat of the city of Baramulla.