Srinagar, July 04: To avoid littering in the city on the eve of Eid-ul-Adha, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) will deploy "dedicated vehicles" under the pan-city initiative to collect hides and offals of sacrificial animals free of cost within the Municipal Corporation limits.
Speaking to Rising Kashmir, Chief Sanitization Officer SMC, Nazir Ahmad Baba, said the department will send 2-3 hopper vehicles to every ward to collect the sacrificial waste in the city.
The officer said in the coming days, the department will share the number of concerned officials who will collect the offal and hidefrom these wards.
Pertinent to mention here, a few years back, animal hides had a good market outside. People used to deposit these hides at mosques, religious seminaries, orphanages, etc. voluntarily, knowing that they were getting handsome amounts from dealers. However, following a reported devaluation in its export business, locals used to throw hides and offal on roadsides.
Earlier, the hides of sacrificial animals were collected by wholesale dealers (Kothdar's), but in the last three-four years its market has devalued and wholesale dealers showed poor interest in its collection.
Because of no proper hide collection mechanism, people in Srinagar were throwing them down the drains and clogging them.
According to a senior official with the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, some people in the city throw their waste down local drains, causing a foul odour. The officer said this sacrificial animal waste needs a proper burial.
‘Throwing this offal down the drains is disrespectful to the sacrificial animals. Neither our religion allows this, nor does humanity allow this,” he said
The officer went on to say that people are requested to keep these hides and offals at their homes till the hopper vehicles reach them.
To avoid inconvenience to the general public, we will begin collecting animal waste early in the morning on Eid-ul-Azha.
The SMC also stated that anyone caught throwing garbage down drains will face legal consequences.
Pertinently, The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) has made a fervent appeal to the public to ensure the appropriate disposal of "Qurbani" offal and sacrificial animal skins and hides.
The GCC urged the devout “not to throw the offal and hides of sacrificial animals out in the open on the roadsides, alleys or into water bodies and instead bury all such sacrificial waste properly to protect it from stray dogs and other animals."
It urged the divisional administration, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), urban local bodies, panchayats, NGOs, Waqf Board, and other religious bodies to run a sustained awareness and advocacy campaign in the right direction.
The statement said the SMC and divisional and district administration may also organise interactive meetings with Imams, Khateebs, clerics, and community leaders to further sensitise the public and their officials about the proper disposal of sacrificial animal waste and hides.