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Dumping along circular road in Pulwama irks locals and commuters

Dumping along circular road in Pulwama irks locals and commuters
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Demand shifting of dumping site

Pulwama: Residents in south Kashmir’s Pulwama are up in arms against the Municipal Committee Pulwama as it continues to dump the garbage along the circular road in main town since the past three years.

Locals from Pulwama said that the Municipal Committee while collecting garbage from different areas in Pulwama town are throwing it on circular road Pulwama near Women’s degree college.

This has led to local residents as well as the commuters and pedestrians’ facing huge inconvenience as a foul smell is always coming out of the garbage dump, they said.

They said that on regular basis, the garbage is dumped near the college due to which local residents, college going students and others are facing lot of inconvenience.

Locals said that in summer the foul smell coming out of the site is giving tough time to them.

They said that government must either shift the residents or shift the dumping site from the area as both things can’t go simultaneously.

Farooq Ahmad, a local resident said that all the dirt and heaps of garbage collected from the entire town is dumped here which is very close to residential area. This leads to lot of stink and attracts stray dogs as well.

He said that the foul smell coming out of the dump due to hot weather is also causing problems for the locals, shopkeepers and college going students.

Patients are worst sufferers as people living in the nearby area aren’t even able to open their doors or windows due to foul smell and even guests, relatives aren’t visiting us now, he said.

Despite having space available at many places authorities have chosen this point to dump the garbage thereby creating problems for the inhabitants, a local shop owner said.

“We fear for our children’s safety as street dogs are roaming freely and they have already bitten several persons,” Shabir Ahmad, a local resident said, adding that children fear to tread along the route due to presence of stray dogs.

The locals have now requested the concerned authorities to look into the matter and stop dumping waste at the site.

An official of the MC Pulwama said that they have already identified a new dumping site in Newa hamlet of district and efforts are on to shift the site to Newa area as soon as possible

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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