A report published in Rising Kashmir on Tuesday (March 12) presented the grimy picture of the much touted Mini-secretariat site at Batamaloo, which has become an infamous garbage dumping site in the city. For the uncovered or rather scattered garbage at the site, the locals blame not only the shopkeepers and vendors but also the authorities who as per them do not get rid of the waste and garbage from the area on regular basis. Although an official of Srinagar Municipal Corporation said that the site will be cleared, but it still doesn’t absolve the corporation. The corporation in the past made lofty claims about inducting smaller vehicles and collecting waste and garbage door to door in the city. The claims notwithstanding, there are many sites where obnoxious stench due to uncovered garbage forces people to stay away and avoid these filthy places. Interestingly, there are complaints about the corporation collecting fees from the households but not providing any service at all. The government must look into the matter and make it public as whether the fee collection teams or individuals are deputed by the corporation or not. It is unfortunate if the corporation has to go door to door for the fees and the government is unable to support it financially. Recently, a report revealed that 15 out of 20 most populated cities in the world are in India. While Srinagar is not listed anywhere in the dirtiest cities, but if things go unnoticed and overlooked, it may soon feature somewhere. The flaw in government’s schemes and policies related to cleanliness and hygiene is that it fixes greater responsibility on government institutions. Penalties upon those who throw litter or garbage on roads are unheard of in the city. It is the duty of the corporation to ensure cleanliness in the city, at the same time it is the duty and responsibility of the citizens to keep their localities clean. It is a fact that vendors often dump the waste alongside the roads. Since there is no one to take action against them, it goes unnoted. Pertinently, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, reviewed the preparedness for launch of the ambitious Green Srinagar Initiative under Smart City mission on March 15. Green Srinagar would be meaningful if it is also Clean Srinagar. The city is in need of the green cover, much as the city is in need of cleanliness. The corporation needs to up its efforts.