Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (SS)
Mangaluru, Mar 15: Fire that broke out at the Pacchanady dumping yard has been brought under control on Tuesday, March 14. However, a thick smoke cover remained engulfed over the surrounding areas of the landfill.
Five fire tenders were on the spot and efforts were on to put out the smoke, Mangaluru City Corporation commissioner Channabasappa said.
He said water has been poured on those areas of the landfill where smoke was seen and also mud was poured over the landfill to control the smoke emanating from the area.
Four JCBs, 10 tippers and 10 tankers were used in the operation. Workers wore face masks during the operation.
A foul smell of burnt plastic emanated from the fire that broke out at the Pacchanady dumping yard on Monday afternoon. Locals fear that the smoke could cause health problems to many living in the area.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and former MLA Mohiuddin Bawa has warned of holding a protest on March 17 demanding a permanent solution to the Pacchanady dumpyard which had seen fire break-outs thrice.
He said residents of Bondel, Pacchanady, Vamanjoor and schools in these localities were facing health hazards due to the fire incident. He alleged that the local MLA had not visited the place. He wondered if officials were bothered about the health concerns of the residents and the school students who were affected due to the fire incident.
He urged the corporation not to go ahead with its plans to acquire another 10 acres of land for the landfill as temples and places of worship surrounding the area will be affected.