Two days after a major fire broke out at Adharwadi dumpyard in Kalyan, fire officials, who were fighting to douse the thick smoke, have managed to control it.
“The situation is totally under control now and we have managed to cool down the place with constant operation. However, we will have to keep a watch on the yard till Thursday evening, as heat conditions and a strong wind during the afternoon may fan the end-fire,” said Namdev Choudhary, a fire officer with Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).
A group of 25 fire officials have been constantly working on the work to tame the fire and smoke at the dumpyard since Tuesday 3.30pm after a major fire broke out spreading across the 4 acre dumping site and emitting thick smoke in the premises.
“We are constantly spraying water across the dumpyard to control the smoke and the heat. It is becoming difficult to reach beneath the garbage and cool the place,” added Choudhary.
The entire incident had created havoc among the residents of Kalyan (West) making it difficult for many to breathe. Kalyan residents have been demanding the KDMC to shift the dumpyard from the city.
For two days the thick smoke from the dumpyard had affected areas such as Maharashtra Nagar, Subhash Nagar, Adharwadi, Sathe Nagar and Wadeghar in Kalyan (West).
The residential area is around 50 metres from the dumping ground. Adharwadi is surrounded by residential areas, a hospital and a college, which is hardly 200m away.
Hours after the fire broke out, more than 2,000 residents were shifted to safer places as smoke and smog filled the area. However, the residents had returned to their homes by Wednesday evening.
“Before returning to my house at Sathe Nagar, which is near the dumping ground, I ensured there is no smoke on the premises. The fire officials assured us it is safe to be back home, as they have tamed the smoke. However, I think we residents have to be alert for the coming days,” said Ameya Pandey , 40, one of the residents.
The residents were shifted to civic schools nearby for precautionary measures.