After directions from the chief minister, Mumbai police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar has ordered an independent probe into last week’s Deonar dumping ground fire.
Confirming the development, additional commissioner of Mumbai police (east region) Manoj Lohiya said that he had been put in charge of the inquiry and would submit his report in 15 days. According to Lohiya, the Shivaji Nagar police station is still probing the complaint filed by fire officials. “The inquiry will find if there was any mischief or anything else that caused the fire,” Lohiya said.
Meanwhile, investigators attached with Shivaji Nagar are claiming that the fire was an accident and there was no involvement of “three miscreants” as alleged earlier by the BMC.
The investigator believes that the fire was “accidental in nature” and its strength increased while civic officials were bur ing garbage in the dumpyard.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi corporator from Govandi Rais Shiakh has urged the civic chief to form an expert panel, including technicians, scientists, bureaucrats, corporators and all other stakeholders. “The committee can give a solution for Mumbai’s solid waste management issues and a detailed report in 30 days,” said Shaikh.