Amid rising health concerns over smog spreading in areas adjacent to the Deonar dumping ground where a fire broke out on Saturday emitting toxic gases, a large number of residents today protested at Azad Maidan in Mumbai, demanding an immediate solution to the problem.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), meanwhile, said the fire was brought under control and cooling operation was on at the site. A number of fire fighting teams was engaged to douse the blaze completely, he said.
The protesters expressed anger and shock over the “failure” of civic administration in handling the situation, and demanded the dumping ground to be shut down.
“The entire vicinity has turned into a smog chamber and our lives have become miserable. We have not sent our children to schools for last two days and we don’t know what would happen next,” an angry resident said.
He, however, expressed hope that the civic officials would consider their demands seriously.
Highlighting their concerns, another protester said they demand that BMC find an immediate and permanent solution to the problem.