March 23, 2016 12:45:00 am
A team from the Ministry of Environment and Forests visited the Deonar dumping ground Tuesday along with representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to examine measures taken by the BMC to douse and prevent fires.
A joint director-level officer, E Thirunavukkarasu, and CPCB scientist Prasoon Gargava visited the spot along with Member Secretary, MPCB, P Anbalagan. “We suggested that there should be fogging with magnesium chloride on the fire as was advised by NEERI earlier. This is a measure to absorb moisture to prevent the fire from erupting again,” Anbalagan told The Indian Express.
He added that officials also suggested partial closure and capping of the dumping ground along with measures to ensure waste segregation at source.
A senior official, who did not wish to be named, said the authorities were satisfied with the attempts being made by the BMC, which “positively responded” to the suggestions.
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A show-cause notice was sent to the BMC when the fire first broke out in January.
Meanwhile, the Air Quality Index in the city remained in the poor category at 224, more than Delhi that was in the moderate category at 113. The particulate matter levels too were in the very poor category.
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