The fire break out at Mumbai’s Deonar dumping site three days ago is yet to be doused. Civil society body BMC suspects that there is sabotage behind the second large fire that has happened on the biggest dumping site in the city within two months.
What are the latest developments?
- On Monday evening, officials said that the fire was under control but overnight it flared again. One could see thick smoke and flames throughout the night and on Tuesday morning. 13 fire engines are on the site trying to put out the fire.
- There will be a protest by over 200 area residents at Azad Maiden in demand of a concrete solution against the fire.
- The First Information Report (FIR) relating the incident to sabotage was registered by BMC. Ajoy Mehta, the Municipal Commissioner said that “Prima facie it looks like an act of sabotage and the municipal corporation has filed a case with the police against unknown person.”
- The BMC has informed that in an attempt to prevent sabotage, 12 CCTV cameras have been installed at the site and that 20 more will be installed.
- The residents complain that they are unable to breath and the respiratory problems in others have worsened. They find it hard to eat and breath.
On the 27th of January, a fire broke out at the dumping ground and spread covering an area of 326 acres. It took 7 days to completely settle things down.
Environmental experts have said that the government should establish long-term solutions to the manner in which waste can be effectively managed. Some of the suggestions that the NGO provides include drilling of land pipes by BMC to prevent release of methane gas that is responsible for fires and also prosecution of officials.