Murree struggles with litter amid corona.


Byline: kasim abbasi

ISLAMABAD -- Murree hill station, once famous for its overwhelming beauty of nature and greenery, is nowadays struggling with the escalating litter and garbage.

Coronavirus in almost all parts of the world has brought the environment to a better position than before. Owing to the shutdown of all kinds of industries and factories all over the world, a massive fall was observed in both harmful emissions released in the air by these industries and the garbage or wastage produced during production.

However, in case of Murree, the situation seems to be completely opposite. Despite the closure of factories and businesses, litter is seen at almost every spot. The beauty of Murree lies in its forests which are being transformed into littering plastic. The breath-taking view of greenery and nature is all eaten up by the litter thrown by either tourists or residents themselves.

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Unlike rest of the cities where there is a proper system of garbage disposal, most parts of the hill station are yet to see a plan for dumping of garbage and have also not recognised any dumping spot for all the littering plastic. Assistant Commissioner Murree Zahid Hussain when contacted told this correspondent that the civil administration of Murree is currently planning to address this issue of high importance.

Hussain said that although there is a cleaning system for the city part of the hill station but there is no effective mechanism in place to ensure collection of waste and litter from the rural areas of Murree.

This negligence by the authorities of Murree on part of the proper disposal of litter has encouraged people to throw garbage anywhere they want.

Talking with this correspondent, a member of the Forest Department of Murree stated that the city neither had a system of proper disposal of litter nor the authorities here have declared any dumping site for the garbage.

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The official stressed that because of no check and balance by the authorities, both tourists and residents become carefree regarding throwing garbage anywhere they want.

When questioned about the imposition of fines, the member of forest department said that there was no coordination between the local departments of Murree such as the Municipal Cooperation Department and the Assistant...

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