Delhi calls meeting on Deonar fires

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2016 00:51 IST

While the civic body continues to struggle to completely douse the fire even after a week at the city’s largest dumping ground, union environment minister Prakash Javadekar has called for a meeting with the civic body on Wednesday.

“I have received the inquiry report from the team today and have called for a meeting with the BMC, Pollution Control Board and others on Wednesday,” said Javadekar, in a press conference in Delhi.

A massive fire was reported from the landfill on March 20, which engulfed Deonar and nearby areas like Govandi, Chembur, Rafiq Nagar and Ghatkopar in heavy smoke.

Following the repeated breakout of fire at the dump yard, Prakash Javadekar had announced an inquiry into the fire incidents, last week. A two-member special investigative team had visited the landfill site.

Municipal commissioner, Ajoy Mehta who is scheduled to join the meeting, in Delhi on Wednesday said, “We will apprise the team of the situation at the dump yard and also raise permission issues regarding the Municipal Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP).” Significantly, the state environment department on Tuesday said the angle of sabotage in dumping ground fire was being looked into by the police.

Replying to a question in Legislative Council, state environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that the city police were asked to make inquiry into possibilities of United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), the contractor who was appointed to manage waste, being involved in frequent fires at the Deonar dumping ground.

“The fire incidents have started happening after the contract of UPL was over. Inquiries are being made to find out if the company has any role in this. The fire was started deliberately to defame Shiv Sena,”said Kadam.

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