RAWALPINDI: The unpleasant smell emanating from the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company (RWMC) and Albayrak dumping site near Liaquat Bagh has become a major inconvenience for motorists, commuters, and residents in the surrounding areas.
The stench of garbage has spread across the vicinity, making it particularly challenging for people crossing the busy Murree Road.
Furthermore, the foul odor, coupled with the presence of filth particles, has created an unpleasant atmosphere for those passing by.
Residents and workers in various areas, including Arya Mohallah, Gawalmandi, Raja Bazaar, Chamanzar, Mareer Chowk, Moti Mehal, College Road, China Market, Rawalpindi Press Club (RPC), Water and Sanitation Agency, Rawalpindi Development Authority, Punjab Horticulture Authority, Rescue 15, Sports Complex, and the National College of Arts, have also expressed their concerns about the offensive smell originating from the garbage dump.
Zaheer Sheikh, a journalist, highlighted that despite multiple complaints and protests, the relevant civic body has failed to take any substantial action to address the issue.
Besides, there are growing fears that the unattended garbage dump could become a breeding ground for various diseases, posing a risk to public health.
It is worth noting that the dumping site was originally intended as a park for women and children, covering an area of two acres.
Moreover, the site was constructed in 2005 for Rs. 4.5 million, and has now transformed into an environmental nuisance.
The residents have called for urgent attention from the concerned authorities to resolve the waste management problem and mitigate the associated health and environmental risks.