A recent report by the Mumbai fire brigade has revealed that the fire at the Deonar dumping ground, which raged on for more than a week last month, was man-made.
Coming down heavily on the civic solid waste management department, the fire brigade has, in the report, asked the civic body to take immediate steps to secure the dumping ground from anti-social elements.
“The contractor concerned failed to tackle the fire as soon as it erupted. We have informed the solid waste management department that they must ensure the contractors have a strong firefighting system and that adequate patrolling is done to prevent a small fire into turning a major one,” said Sunil Nesrikar, chief fire officer, Mumbai fire brigade.
The report has also stated that all staff must be trained to tackle natural fire caused by methane gas. Fire officials added such instances are likely to reoccur, considering the poor management at the dumping ground.
“There are several short and long term measures that need to be taken to avoid such instances. As the short term plans, we have deputed fire tenders at the spot permanently and increased vigilance to avoid miscreants from carrying out such activity,” said Minesh Pimple, deputy chief engineer, solid waste management department.
The civic body had also filed an FIR about the incident.