Another fire broke out in the Deonar dumping ground Saturday night and an additional fire engine and tanker over and above the two fire engines stationed at the spot had to be called. Such smaller episodes have been breaking out since the first massive fire broke out on January 28.
Meanwhile, a week after resistance from residents forced the BMC to discontinue its demolition drive, no further encroachments have been cleared. Civic officials have been in discussions with residents as well as with political representatives in the area for an amicable solution.The BMC has razed 470 hutments over an area of 2.5 acres, well short of its target of 1,000 illegal hutments and reclaim 4.5 acres, which the solid waste management department intends to temporarily convert into a recreation ground. “The residents are not willing to vacate their hutments. We have been in talks with them for the last few days to mutually agree on a decision. If this doesn’t work out then we will have to call for additional police force to continue our work,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of M-East ward.