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Fire damages Bandhwari plant

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, May 09, 2013
First Published: 00:59 IST(9/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:00 IST(9/5/2013)

After a technical snag forced a shutdown at the Bandhwari waste management plant on April 1, a fire incident at the sole municipal solid waste plant on Tuesday hit operations again.

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Although the cause of the blaze is unknown till now, municipal authorities of both Faridabad and Gurgaon have sought details of fire safety measures taken and other infrastructure-related queries.

"A fire broke out in the unit which segregates waste for fuel and non-fuel purposes. The damage caused does not appear to be very serious but the fire itself is indicative of a serious fault somewhere. This has happened for the second time. We are taking steps to ensure that it does not happen in the future," said a senior Municipal Corporation of Faridabad official present at the plant.

"I have no idea about what caused the fire at the plant. I will visit the plant soon. The management of the plant informed me that engineers have been called to repair the damaged machinery," said Sumit Dhankhar, medical officer, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG).

An HT team visited the plant early on Wednesday but the management did not allow them to see the damaged site or interact with workers inside the plant.

Moreover, daily processing at the plant has already been slow since one of the two waste processing units is still shut. The concessionaire of the plant - AKC Developers Limited - and the municipal officials are tight-lipped about the issue.

The Bandhwari plant, which caters to Gurgaon and Faridabad, has two processing units meant for treating nearly 1,000 metric tonnes of waste daily.

"We are doing our best to rectify the error. It is a minor fault," said Dr Irfan Furniturewala, one of the directors of AKC Developers.

Since its inception in 2010, the plant had been functioning with only one unit. The municipal corporations of both the cities had recently warned the concessionaire to make the second unit operational at the earliest.


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