Major fire broke out at the waste dumping ground at Dadu Majra village in Chandigarh last night at around 1.30 am.
At least nine fire tenders have been pressed into service but there has been no respite from fire. The firemen said the reason behind the fire could not be ascertained. They said the fire is so big that it is expected to continue tonight as well.
Thick layer of smog has engulfed the area and adjoining sectors causing inconvenience to commuters and residents there. The police has put up barricades outside the dumping ground road to divert traffic.
No Permanent Solution Yet
Despite fire at this waste dumping ground becoming an annual thing, the authorities have failed to come to a permanent solution to this problem. Chandigarh Smart City Limited had earlier given the tender of bio-mining half the dumping ground. The work was scheduled to be completed in 18 months, however the deadline expired long ago and the work is still on.
While for the second half of the dumping ground, the work is yet to be allotted. It has been three years since the MC took over the processing plant from JP group. However, the MC failed to upgrade the technology to process the waste. And locals are bearing the brunt.
Source: The Tribune