Fire rages for five hours at Turbhe dump­ing ground

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Smoke billows from Turbhe dump­ing ground on Tues­day.

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