Mumbai chokes but 'netas' bicker and blame

| Monday, March 21, 2016 - 21:56
First Published |
Deonar Fire

Mumbai: Maharashtra state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday sought a status report from the Bombay Municipal Cooperation (BMC) over the issue of the massive Deonar dumping ground fire that engulfed the area again on Saturday evening. 
Making it more of a political issue rather than a civic problem, coalition partner Shiv Sena has said that the Deonar fire is a conspiracy to malign their image. The Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam echoed the same sentiments.
Kadam requested CM Fadnavis to order an inquiry into the matter. However, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya who is the representative of that area has called it a dumping scam, saying that the BMC officials generated this scam.
(Also Read: Deonar fire envelops Mumbai with thick smog; third day and fire still raging)
Going by reports, if this is a conspiracy then what was the administration doing on the ground, and if this is a work of anti-social elements then the police should look into the matter.
It seems that the government has not learnt any lessons from the Deonar fire when it broke out the last time almost three months back despite the several assurances that have come from the CM. 
Mumbai’s Deonar dumping ground was once again engulfed in fire on Saturday evening which intensified on Sunday and spread to around two-three kilometres. The situation is no better even now and the area can be seen under a thick layer of smog.
The locals are facing a tough time and are cribbing that the dumping ground being close to their residences makes them vulnerable to hazardous substances and diseases.
Also there will be a 'Peace Protest' - Shut the Deonar Dumping Ground - on March 22, 2016 at Azad Maidan, Fort, Mumbai from 10 am to 11 am. The dress code is black/mask on face. Kids, pets, old people are not be allowed. 

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