A major fire that broke out at Mumbai’s largest and oldest dumping ground, Deonar, on Thursday morning has made life miserable for residents living around it.
Fire officials said that the blaze started at around 11 am on February 26, and while they had sent over four fire engines and three water tankers to bring it under control, smoke continues to billow from the dumping yard, leading to breathing difficulties for locals.
While the fire was brought under control yesterday, smoke from the garbage continues to billow in different directions from the dumping ground. Pics/Prashant Waydande
Residents have been posting photos of the ‘fog’ enveloped around the area and have been updating on social media platforms about the same. In its defence, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is blaming the recent demolition work of illegal structures as the cause of fire, which reportedly started from the cemetery end of the yard.
According to sources, some people, who were forced to move after the demolition, may have started the blaze to seek revenge. Dr Mandar Pimple, chief deputy engineer, Solid Waste Management, BMC, said that authorities, along with the fire department, are trying their best to control the smoke situation.
“We are using forklifts to scatter the burning garbage and the fire department is dousing the debris at the same time. Due to the wind and inflammable material at the dumping ground, it is a challenging task, but we should be able to bring it under control soon,” Pimple said.
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