Nigdi locals move PCMC, DCB about burning waste

Continuous fires every 2-3 months at dumping grounds in area are forcing residents, whose health is deteriorating, they claim, to seek a permanent solution; officials blame lack of land to dispose of garbage
Fed up with the constant health hazards surrounding them in the very air they breathe, Nigdi residents have written a complaint to the Dehu Cantonment Board (DCB) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) now about dumping grounds around them catching fire repeatedly. Following a fire episode on Sunday at the garbage depot of the garrison, locals requested proper waste disposal so that their health would not be affected.Residents have alleged that the Cantonment board does not have a garbage disposal facility and that episodes of waste catching fire occur every two or three months. The smoke that emanates from these blazes is becoming a cause for concern locally, with the health of many being affected.

Nigdi residents are questioning why they should bear the brunt of improper waste disposal. Satish Kadam, a resident of Rupi Nagar, said, “We have lodged similar complaints in the past, but nothing has changed. The Cantonment does not have any scientific technology to carry out waste disposal, which affects the health of locals. When we approached the authorities on Sunday, they only sent a water tanker. The fire was massive and our entire area was filled with smoke.“

The garbage depot plot belongs to defence authorities and the DCB has been using it for the last four decades. Kavita Patil, a resident of Yamuna Nagar, said, “I have been residing in this area for the last eight years. After every two to three months, the garbage catches fire and we suffer majorly. A small child in our family has been suffering from eye infections due to the smoke.“ Another resident, Dada Narle, said, “We have closed our windows and door since Sunday because of the smoke, which led to a dense fog in the area. It becomes difficult to breathe and causes eye irritation.“

R D Kasar, chief sanitary inspector, DCB, put the blame on insufficient land availability for a dumping ground, saying, “We have not been able to carry out proper waste disposal because the defence authorities have not given us permissions. We do not have an alternative land and have demanded the same for a dumping ground from the government. There is a lack of a compound wall in the existing plot and there is also no watchman for vigilance. Therefore, outsiders set the garbage on fire; but, we are trying to look for a permanent solution. We have asked for a fire tender from Khadki Cantonment Board and PCMC; the fire will be extinguished soon.“

PCMC commissioner Dinesh Waghmare said, “I have not checked this complaint yet, but if Nigdi residents are suffering because of garbage from Dehu, I will take up the issue with the Dehu administration.“

Source : Mirror