RDD proposes pits for disposal of waste under SBM near water sources
Fisheries department writes to RDD, says the move will create havoc
Anantnag:The Rural Development Department in Anantnag district has purposed pits for disposal of waste under SBM near water sources.
An official said that a number of pits for disposal of waste under SBM were proposed on the banks of the rivers and streams in several areas of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
He said that even some pits were already constructed in some areas after such sites were identified by revenue department and execution of work was taken up by the RDD department.
Meanwhile, an official of the fisheries department said that they have written to RDD department to stop construction of pits near water sources as it will create havoc and will act as source of contamination of water bodies.
He said that the move will also prove destructive to the aquatic ecosystem particularly during rainy season.
“This is to intimate you that in the recent past a number of sites have been proposed by the Block Development Officer’s of some area for construction of pits for disposal of waste under SBM, the instances of which can be cited as the proposed site at Pahalgam Dandipora (Brenghi) and Kh.Chohar near our Trout Farming Project,” reads the letter directed by Deputy Director Fisheries to ACD RDD Anantnag.
“In case these waste disposal pits are allowed to be constructed in the areas which are very close to the water source, this will create havoc and will act as a source of contamination of water bodies, at a large scale .These pits will not only vitiate the pleasant atmosphere that exists there but will also prove hazardous and destructive to the aquatic ecosystem particularly during rainy season. The water bodies are already at receding end because of infusion of various noxious substances which enter water bodies through application or spraying of herbisides, weedisides, pesticides etc. whose residue gets washed down into the water bodies during the course of rain/ flood,” the letter reads further.
“Therefore, in light of the above facts you are hereby requested to kindly direct your Block Development Officer’s of the District to avoid such places which are near or close to the rivers/streams to prevent the water quality from being further deteriorated. Also they may be directed to obtain NOC from this Department before selection of any site that is supposed to be in that area where a water body runs,” the letter states further.