Another pocket fire broke out at the city’s biggest dumping ground Deonar on Tuesday. This is just one of many pocket fires that have broken out at the spot after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) struggled to control a major fire that ravaged for a week at the end of January.
In the past one month, at least five minor pocket fires have been reported at Deonar.
After complaints of smoke emanating from the ground on Tuesday, two fire engines that were stationed at the spot immediately sprang into action. Two more fire engines were also pressed into service. Residents had complained about smoke from the ground on Saturday as well.
The BMC had not declared the fire to be under control at the time of going to press.
The major fire at Deonar, which was reported on January 28, was extinguished after a week. The civic body took that much time because trapped methane gas inside the garbage stoked fires at various spots on the ground, covering the surrounding areas in thick smoke.
The smog created by the fire affected residents living in the nearby areas of Govandi, Shivaji Nagar and Mankhurd.
Even after a month, the BMC is yet to apply a technique that will scientifically extract methane from the dumping ground, which is causing the pocket fires.
“We have asked for a report from both NEERI and IIT, who had made a presentation on the techniques that can be implemented on the ground to trap methane. We will finalise it soon and issue tenders,” said civic official.
Earlier this week, the Bombay high court also restrained the BMC from granting permissions to new constructions until it comes up with an efficient way to manage the city’s waste.