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Dump yard fire in Kalyan doused, residents get relief

The fire has affected waste collection work in the city and garbage trucks were queued up outside the dump yard through the day

mumbai Updated: Mar 15, 2018 11:16 IST
Sajana Nambiar
Sajana Nambiar
Hindustan Times
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The fire at Kalyan’s Adharwadi dumping ground was finally doused on Wednesday.(Rishikesh Choudhary/ HT Photo)

Residents living near Adharwadi dumping ground in Kalyan (west) got some relief on Wednesday after the fire, which raged on for five days, was doused.

The thick smoke had filled the houses and the people had problems breathing after a major fire broke out in the dumping yard on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the dump yard released less smoke as the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) fire officials managed to control the fire.

“The civic body always waits for the fire to break out and then take action. There were no preventive measures taken although the dump yard had caught fire in 2016,” said Sneha Pawar, 34, a resident of Wadeghar in Kalyan (West).

The civic body had outsourced the job of watering the dump but this stopped in 2016 as the contractor failed to do it efficiently. The civic body is yet to hire a contractor for the job.

“The civic body failed to float tenders for the work of watering the dump yard last year as a senior civic officer did not give approval for it. We have not floated any tender till now,” said a senior officer, who did not wish to be named.

Fire officials, who are stationed at the spot since Saturday night, said the dump yard would not have have caught fire if regular watering had been done.

“The fire quickly spread across the dump yard as the dump yard had not been watered for months. The civic body should float tenders for the work before summer,” said Sudhakar Kulkanri, fire officer of KDMC.

Since the fire broke out, the residents of Adharwadi, Wadeghar, Agra road, Lal chowky, Phadke road and Durgadi chowk have been suffering from health problems due to the smoke.

“I am an asthama patient and my health has worsened in the past four days. The smoke enters our house in the evening when there is a strong wind,” said Prabha Nipane, 52, a resident of Devi Ashish building, opposite the dumping ground.

Initially, the civic body brought in private tankers to douse the fire. The water was not adequate and it started lifting water from the Kalyan creek.

On Wednesday, the residents claimed that civic body was drawing water from pipeline which supplies drinking water in Kalyan.

“We have seen tankers parked near the pipeline and drawing water. If the civic body will use drinking water for dump yard then how will it provide sufficient drinking water to residents?” said Mahesh Bankar, a representative of Dumping Ground Hatao Sangharsh Samiti.

The fire has affected the waste collection work in the twin city. The garbage vans were parked outside the dump yard, waiting in a long queue throughout the day.

“The waste collection and dumping have slowed down as dumpers cannot go in the dump yard as the work of watering is under process. We cannot stop dumping waste at Adharwadi as there is no alternative site,” added the officer.

First Published: Mar 15, 2018 01:34 IST