Under fire from High Court:Govt orders demolition of toilets on Jhelum banks
Srinagar, Dec 2:Waking up to water pollution, Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to
demolish all insanitary toilets along the banks of Jhelum.
The directive came after the Jammu and Kashmir High court
asked the government to immediately identify insanitary toilets constructed
along the banks of Jhelum, and ensure their instant demolition.
Director of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) Kashmir has directed
concerned executive agencies for identification of toilets along the banks of
“Immediate mapping of insanitary toilets, if any situated
along the banks of river Jhelum and ensure the instant demolition of the
identified toilets with photographic evidence to be taken before, during and
after demolition,” the document of ULB, accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, reads.
The executive agencies have been directed to make proposal
for alternative construction of community and public toilets (CT/PTS) as per the
requirement. The document says that
executive agencies should conduct campaigns to create awareness among the
habitants for not polluting river water.
“Number and location
of the sites where twin type lid dust bins have been installed on the banks of
river Jhelum should be reported. Installation of sign boards for public
awareness for not littering into the Jhelum is also required,” reads the
Director, ULB, Riyaz Ahmad Wani said the drive has already
been started under the supervision of respective Deputy Commissioners.
Srinagar city produces an estimated 201 million liters (ML)
of sewage every day, out of which only 25 % is treated while the untreated 75 %
is discharged directly into either Dal Lake or Jehlum, says report of Pollution
Control Board (PCB).
The discharge of sewage into water according to the report
causes many problems like eutrophication, spread of diseases, and augmentation
of demand parameters like biochemical oxygen demand and depletion of dissolved
Disposal of untreated sewage into water bodies including Dal
Lake and Jhelum is one of the main reasons for degradation of the quality of
Existing treatment capacity is just 27 percent of present
sewage generation. This evidently indicates ominous position of sewage
treatment, which is the main source of pollution of rivers and lakes, an
official of PCB said.