KALYAN: A major fire broke out at the Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan on Tuesday evening. It took seven hours to control the fire on the 4-acre dumping ground near Durgadi bridge but the fire is yet to be doused completely.
More than 14 fire engines and 12 water tankers were pressed into service. Fire tenders were also called from the municipal corporations from Bhiwandi, Ambernath and Ulhasnagar.
“The fire broke out around 3.30pm. The fire could not be doused immediately because of the strong wind,” said Sudhakar Kulkarni, fire officer of KalyanDombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
This is the first time that a major fire has broken out at Adharwadi dumping ground. Thick smoke covered the area, affecting visibility. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
“We have not seen such a huge fire at the dump yard,” said a civic employee.
Kalyan residents have been demanding the KDMC to shift the dump yard away from the city.
“Suddenly, we saw the entire area filled with smoke. This is the first time we have seen such a major fire in the dumping ground. We are facing difficulty in breathing,” said Santosh Mane, 33, who lives near the dumping ground.
The areas have been affected are Maharashtra Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Adharwadi, Sathe Nagar and Wadekar.
Additional commissioner of police (zone 3) Vijay Kumar Phulkar said: “We have been going round the areas to shift residents till the fire is doused. We have make arrangements for those evacuated at Sharda Vidhya Mandir at Lal Chowki.
Vilas Joshi from solid waste management department said: “We do not suspect sabotage but we will investigate into the incident.”