While residents in several parts of Mumbai continued to face trouble because of minor fires at Deonar, the issue found an echo in the legislature.
With repeated incidents of fire at the dumping ground and subsequent pollution in the eastern suburbs in the past few days, the legislators demanded a thorough inquiry into the incident and alleged irregularities related to it. Bhartiya Janata Party MLAs from the city staged a protest on Vidhan Bhavan premises, while the Congress and Samajwadi party MLAs raised the issue during the zero hour.
Aslam Shaikh of Congress, while raising a point of propriety in the Assembly, demanded an inquiry into the case by a special team. He said after the state government discontinued the contract of the scientific disposal of the waste, the incidents have risen. He said the health of people in Mumbai was at risk because of the irregularities and possible sabotage at the dumping grounds.
Samajwadi Party MLA Abu Asim Azmi said the security measures taken by the BMC even after a major fire in January were inadequate. “We need more CCTVs and the boundary wall, too, needs to be built. The pile of garbage may prove to be dangerous for people living around the dumping ground,” he said.
While the BJP supported the Sena in the BMC, it held a protest outside the house demanding quick action. Party’s city unit chief and MLA Ashish Shelar said the party would come out on the streets, as the civic body has failed to expedite the procedure of opening the scientific disposal centre.