The smog from Thursday’s fire at the Deonar dumping ground is finally settling, but the BMC is yet to clear the air over allegations that its negligence led to the disaster, with officials from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), as well as BJP MP Kirit Somaiya, holding the civic body responsible.
The fire broke out on Thursday at the city’s biggest dumping yard in Deonar, enveloping Mumbai and Navi Mumbai in smoke for days and raising air pollution to nearly triple the normal level . It is yet to be determined how the fire broke out, but the BMC has drawn considerable flak for its own negligence — whether it be in poor security and safety measures, or the lack of roadways or working CCTV cameras in the dump yard.
After the fire, Mumbai registered an Air Quality Index (AQI — the measure for air pollution) of 345, which is rated as very poor and can result in respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. In Mumbai, 100-200 is considered the normal range of air pollution. Yesterday, the city witnessed an AQI of 307. However, the AQI is slowly expected to fall in the coming days, with an AQI of 167 expected today.