Despite its heavy publicity, the weeklong cleanliness drive by the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) that ended today is “nothing more than eyewash” as no proper work has been done on ground.
Heaps of garbage remains piled on city roads in different localities. The residents of Bemina are up in arms against the SMC who reportedly pile up the garbage from the ward number 27 and set openly on fire in front of Government Girls Middle School, Bemina.
“SMC staff at ward 27 Bemina set a pile of garbage on fire outside ?Government Girls Middle School Bemina which includes plastic materials emitting poisonous gasses. Garbage is openly set on fire every day here in brazen violation of SMC directives,” said Syed Ali Safvi, a journalist hailing from Bemina.
“Mounds of garbage have been left unattended on roadsides causing great inconvenience to the people. These garbage piles have become breeding ground for stray dogs posing serious threat to human population,” he said.
The SMC had announced to conduct the week-long phase of the cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign from November 12 onwards under the supervision of Joint Commissioner Administration Syed Abul Qasim.
“The drive which started here at Government Higher Secondary School near Hotel Comrade Rajbagh in presence of Principal of the school was extended to various areas of the city including Jawahar Nagar, Dargah Hazratbal, Zakura etc,” reads publicity report of the SMC.
Sources from SMC said that the cleanliness week was started only days after Chief Minister expressed displeasure over mild response to the cleanliness in capital city. But sadly, the residents of the city do not see any kind of cleanliness around their localities.
“What kind of drive is it? That must be in their files only. We didn’t see anyone cleaning the locality,” said Khalid Ahmad, a resident of Rawalpora.
“The drainage is blocked with garbage, garbage containers are overflowing and street dogs are spreading garbage on roads. If this situation is called a cleanliness drive, then the SMC must be right,” he added.
The old city is the worst-affected area in the city as there is hardly any garbage container and the garbage is dumped on the roadsides.
“The PM might be showing us the dreams of clean India with his drive Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, but only the slogans will not work. The administration needs to check the loopholes in the departments, which are responsible for this work,” Humani, a first year student from Nawa Kadal college said.
The state government had started the drive on the pattern of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in all 82 urban local bodies (ULBs), including the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC). There are a total of 74 municipal committees and six municipal councils in Jammu and Kashmir.
Showkat Zargar, SMC Commissioner said, “I will instantly seek details about open burning of garbage in Bemina from the concerned ward officer.”