City residents rue poor waste segregation by SMC

BK News Desk/SRINAGAR
April 16, 2018 CITY 82 Views

Many areas in Downtown Srinagar demand proper segregation of the waste generated by the areas.
They demand that this scientific separation of waste should also be introduced in old city.
An official from SMC said that the corporation had been receiving requests from downtown areas for implementation of the project. “We will initiate soon in downtown area. This is a pilot project and we have implemented this for uptown areas right now,” he said.
“It is an irony that SMC has always maintained cleanness and hygiene in posh areas and has neglected the core city where waste that should have been scientifically disposed of on priority basics,” said Mufasir Ahmad resident of Rajouri Kadal.
Srinagar city generates 380 metric ton of waste. If segregation was initiated across the city, it would reduce the load on Achan dumping site, besides generating revenue and employment by means of recycling.
“But the segregation is carried out in few areas of Srinagar. The purpose (of segregation) will not be achieved as areas like downtowns are crowded and garbage is produced in large quantities. The plan should have been initiated in downtown first,” said MushtaqAhmad, a resident of Habba Kadal. “Heaps of garbage cause diseases, and have become breeding grounds for dogs”.
The municipal commissioner, however, is confident that the plan will be extended to all parts of the city. “This is our commitment that door to door segregation will be strengthening to such a level that in every household can dump their waste in a vehicle in a segregated form,” Khan added.
Srinagar produces 40,000 kilogram of non-vegetarian waste per day, which is being given to the strays.
Aware of the presence of open dumpers and garbage piles across the city, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has, so far, failed to control the easy flow of the nutritious waste to stray dogs.

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