Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE -

KALYAN: In prepa­ra­tion for the chief min­is­ter’s Deven­dra Fad­navis visit to Kalyan, a team of po­lice­men were de­ployed at Adharwadi dump­ing ground.

This was to make sure there was no re­peat of the fires which broke out at the dump yard in the last fort­night.

The Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) did not want any such in­ci­dent dur­ing the chief min­is­ter’s visit. Two-day Smart City Sum­mit started on Fri­day at the Kalyan Sports Com­plex, which is near the dump yard. A team of 58 po­lice­men has been mon­i­tor­ing the dump yard since Thurs­day and will con­tinue till Satur­day.

“Usu­ally, fire of­fi­cials keep a watch on the dump yard. But, we did not want to take a chance as the chief min­is­ter was com­ing for the func­tion,” said Sud­hakar Kulka­rni, fire of­fi­cer, KDMC.

The res­i­dents are an­gry over the ex­tra mea­sures. “For many days, thou­sands of res­i­dents have been liv­ing in dan­ger but there was no po­lice se­cu­rity. Now there is, only be­cause of the CM,” said Mad­hukar Patil, 53.

The old dump yard has caught fire three times in the past fort­night, leav­ing the air filled with smoke. “With so many peo­ple at­tend­ing the event, whose venue is near the dump yard, we do not want an­other in­ci­dent of fire,” said a se­nior KDMC of­fi­cial.

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