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Kabul stinks as garbage heaps swell: Residents

1 Oct 2020 - 20:02
1 Oct 2020 - 20:02

KABUL (Pajhwok): Garbage piles have swelled in central capital Kabul due to lack of garbage boxes in various parts of the city, causing environmental pollution.

Residents say they are worried about the increased accumulation of waste which could spread various diseases. There are also complaints that negligence and inaction of the Kabul Municipality has made the city look ugly and stinking.

A number of Kabul residents said that there are no garbage bins in most parts of the city and where available they are not used properly, giving most areas the look of filth depots.

Farooq Azimi, a Kabul resident, told Pajhwok Afghan News that unfortunately a number of residents dumped garbage at the end of their street and the municipality did not collect that.

He called the lack of garbage containers in the city as the main problem, adding that the municipality should take action to solve this problem.

Azimi added: “When the garbage box is full, people throw the garbage around it.

Said Noor Mohammad, a shopkeeper said. “When I see people throwing garbage around a box, I ask them why they do so, they get angry.

“I believe that people need to be taught the culture of urbanization and the municipality has its own problems in this area, which should be given serious attention.”

Zarwali Karokhil, a lawyer in Kabul’s fourth district, said, he had many times asked the district officials and the municipality about the lack of garbage boxes, but they did not respond.

“I tried to keep our area clean but people themselves do not pay attention, which is also a big problem.”

Kabul Municipality spokeswoman Samira Rasa said the municipality planned to outsource garbage collection to the private sector to better regulate matters. She added that work in this regard has progressed by forty percent.

Regarding the current situation of garbage in Kabul, he said, “People do not cooperate in collecting garbage, they throw garbage wherever they want and we ask our dear people of Kabul to help us in this area.”

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