Fire rages for five hours at Turbhe dumping ground
NAVI MUMBAI: A month after a fire broke out at the Deonar dumping ground, a similar mishap took place at the Turbhe dumping ground on Monday.
There were no casualties reported.
The scientifically developed dumping g round of Na vi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s ( NMMC) was engulfed in flames and the fire personnel took five hours to douse the fire.
Fire tenders from NMMC and MIDC were pressed into service.
PH Gade, station officer, Vashi, said: “Our personnel battled for around five hours to douse the fire. The cooling operations took more time, leading to the operation taking a total of 12 hours. The fire tenders returned at 12.30pm on Tuesday.”
NMMC deputy municipal commissioner J ag anna th Sinnarkar said: “Four vehicles had been sent at night and two in the morning to help in the cooling process. Owing to the scientific layout there by the NMMC engineering section, the fire did not spread much. It was doused in 4-5 hours.”
Sources said there have been fire incidents at the site earlier too.
Local corporator Suresh Kulkarni said, “This is not the first time a fire has broken out at the landfill site. It has happened 3-4 times earlier. It happens due to the gas emanating from the garbage. The administration should take precautions such as installing CCTV at the site.”
Stating that locals are against the landfill site, Kulkarni said, “There is strong odour emanating from the landfill site which has affected people and many suffer from asthma and breathlessness. I have told the administration to take corrective measures and they are working on it.”
Local social activist Khaja Patel said, “The local residents have long suffered due to the dumping ground near a residential area. The people have been suffering from grave health consequences.”
Smoke billows from Turbhe dumping ground on Tuesday.