This Article is From Mar 21, 2016

Fire At Mumbai's Deonar Still On, Sabotage Suspected By Civic Body

A massive fire at the Deonar dumping ground last month was brought under control after seven days of round-the-clock fire-fighting.

Highlights

  • Fire started on Saturday evening, intensified on Sunday evening
  • Residents of the area complain of breathing problems
  • Second such fire in Mumbai's Deonar dumping ground in less than 2 months
Mumbai: A fire that broke out at Mumbai's Deonar dumping ground in the eastern suburbs of the city on Saturday evening has still not been doused. This is the second massive fire in city's biggest dumping ground in less than two months. The civic body suspects sabotage behind the fresh fire.

Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:

  1. A police case or FIR has been filed suspecting sabotage behind the fire. "Prima facie it looks like an act of sabotage and the municipal corporation has filed a case with the police against unknown person," Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said.

  2. 12 CCTV cameras have been installed at the dumpyard; 20 more will be installed later.

  3. About 95 per cent of the fire was brought under control by the afternoon after 12 fire engines battled the blaze. But toxic smoke continues to engulf the area, with residents complaining of discomfort and breathing problems.

  4. "Our children can't breathe. My son's respiratory problems have worsened in the last two months," a resident of the area told NDTV. "Smoke enters our houses. It gets extremely difficult to breathe or eat. Promises are made when ministers visit, but then no action is taken," added another.

  5. The fire intensified on Sunday evening and spread to two-three square kilometers. Smoke was visible from as far as Vashi bridge till the end of the Ghatkopar-Man-Khurd link road.

  6. A massive fire had broken out at the dumping yard, spread across 326 acres, on January 27. It was brought under control after seven days of round-the-clock fire-fighting.

  7. Government schools in central Mumbai's Shivaji Nagar and Deonar were forced to remain closed for two days due to thick smog caused by the fire.

  8. Experts blamed the lack of waste management policy and crammed dumping yards in Mumbai's municipalities for the Deonar fire.

  9. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today promised stern action. "We are sending special teams to the site. They will give a full report within a week. Whoever is responsible will not be spared."

  10. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the Mumbai civic body will soon submit a report on the fire. On February 2, he had promised to take steps to tackle the problem of recurring fire at the dumping ground. He had also said two fire engines would be stationed at Deonar, but residents of the area say on March 19, when the fire broke out, they had to call fire officials to alert them.