Af­ter 7 yrs, men­tal hos­pi­tal in­mate re­united with kin Ad­har­wadi dump yard in Kalyan to have CCTVs

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Shashikant Kothekar shashikant.kothekar@hin­dus­tan­times.com Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

When Ra­jiya An­sari, 40, was ad­mit­ted to Thane Men­tal Hos­pi­tal seven years ago, she was in a state of trauma and could hardly re­mem­ber any­thing. She didn’t know where she was from.

The Govern­ment Rail­way Po­lice had found her loi­ter­ing in Thane rail­way sta­tion and when they saw that she seemed men­tally ill, they brought her to the men­tal hos­pi­tal. To­day, An­sari has been treated and is ready to be re­united with her fam­ily in Jhark­hand.

“She was found roam­ing in Thane rail­way sta­tion by the GRP per­son­nel, who ad­mit­ted her to Thane Men­tal Hos­pi­tal on July 1, 2009. She was suf­fer­ing from bipo­lar dis­or­der,” said Surekha Wathore, psy­chi­atric and a so­cial worker at the hos­pi­tal.

As she started re­spond­ing to medicines and nar­rated her story. She said her hus­band was an al­co­holic and used to as­sault her. In 2008, he threw her out of home. An­sari said she was preg­nant then. She boarded a train. She de­liv­ered a boy on a plat­form but does not re­mem­ber which sta­tion. When she was sleep­ing, some­one stole her baby, said a doc­tor from the men­tal hos­pi­tal.

“We searched the In­ter­net and con­tacted the lo­cal po­lice, who helped us to find An­sari’s fam­ily,” said Wathore. Her nephew Sonu, 30, came to Thane to take An­sari to Jhark­hand.

Five days af­ter a mi­nor fire broke out at Ad­har­wadi dump­ing ground, the KalyanDom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) has de­cided to in­stall closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras on the premises.

On Thurs­day, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion called a meet­ing to know the cause of the fire, which broke out on Sun­day.

An in­quiry, with help of en­vi­ron­ment ex­perts, re­vealed that the cause of fire was be­cause of methane emis­sion. The civic body has planned to in­stall CCTV at the dump­ing site to check such in­ci­dents in fu­ture.

The sat­u­rated Ad­har­wadi dump­ing ground in Kalyan west has added to the pol­lu­tion in the area and the res­i­dents have been op­pos­ing it for a long time.

“We had con­ducted an in­quiry which showed that the cause of fire was be­cause of the emis­sion of methane. How­ever, to check whether such fires are nat­u­ral or sab­o­tage, we have planned to in­stall CCTV in the en­tire area of the dump­ing ground,” said E Ravendi­ran, KDMC com­mis­sioner.

Ravendi­ran also has plans for a sci­en­tific clo­sure of the 40-year-old dump­ing ground.

“We have started the process to sci­en­tif­i­cally close the dump­ing site. We are wait­ing for the ap­proval of from the stand­ing com­mit­tee. Once ap­proved, we will start the work for its clo­sure,” said Ravendi­ran.

Last year, a man set fire at Ad­har­wadi dump yard and a res­i­dent man­aged to take a photo. But, the civic body could not gather more ev­i­dence about the in­ci­dent. “With the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras, the civic body would be able to keep a watch on the site. Any ini­tia­tive would be a ma­jor re­lief for us,” said Malini Patil, 53, who lives near the dump­ing site.

Res­i­dents have been protest­ing against the dump­ing site as it emits a bad odour. The garbage, which is of­ten set on fire, causes air pol­lu­tion.

The civic body has been us­ing the dump­ing ground since 1984. A to­tal of 700 met­ric tonnes of garbage is be­ing dumped there ev­ery day.

The KDMC has been strug­gling to de­cide on its waste dis­posal sys­tem. More so, with the Bom­bay high court’s rul­ing last year. The court had di­rected the KDMC to stop ap­prov­ing hous­ing projects un­til it solves the waste dis­posal prob­lem.

The civic body had then de­cided to de­velop a 35-acre plot at Um­barde which had been pro­posed eight years ago. Once the Ad­har­wadi dump­ing ground is shut, the civic body has plans to start new two dump­ing sites at Bar­ave and Um­barde.

“Af­ter the Ad­har­wadi dump­ing site is shut, we will start dump­ing at both the sites. We have al­ready started work­ing to­wards the plan,” added Ravendi­ran.

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