Floods filled Srinagar with record garbage

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Oct 13, 2014 14:25 IST

The recent floods filled the city with garbage of 37,275 metric tonnes, six times higher than an average garbage of 10,500 metric tonnes for a particular month, leaving Srinagar stinky and choked.

According to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation figures, phenomenal amount of garbage of 32,275 metric tonnes were lifted from the flooded city between September 11 and October 10.

“Against average garbage of around 400 metric tonnes a day, the SMC lifted 2422 metric tonnes, the highest ever, on October 4,” said SMC commissioner Dr GN Qasba.

The garbage was six times higher than an average waste lifted from the city. The highest the SMC lifted at the peak tourism season was only 600 metric tonnes a day.

The flood water of September 6-7 not only marooned over 70% of Srinagar but filled its streets with silt, garbage, carcasses and debris. “This is a record lifting of garbage by the SMC officials ever.

Such a quantity of garbage has never ever been collected by the SMC in such a short span of time,” said Dr Qasba.

The SMC had to dispose of 1664 carcasses for the same period.

It was only after September 15 that the corporation was able to carry out large scale shifting of the city garbage, choking streets and stinking places with unbearable stench.

The SMC claims it took unprecedented 91 drums of black phenyl drums, 6,000 kg deodorant, 7,000 black phenyl and 3,500 decomposed to battle stink inside lanes and contain any spread of epidemic in flood-affected areas.

“Our vehicles made 7902 trips to lift this amount of garbage,” said an SMC spokesman.

The SMC had to provided Tetnus Toxoid Injection and Hepatits-B to those officials and men working round the clock.

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