Mumbai, Feb 8: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today interacted with residents of Chembur in eastern suburb and heard their complaints on the recent fire and smog in Deonar. “I have asked Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta to initiate swift action and a time-bound plan for corrective steps,” he said after the meeting. Fadnavis said Mehta has informed about the action plan.
“The commissioner has informed that CCTVs will be installed, first lot of 12 are being installed tomorrow. For fire safety, 2 engines will be stationed there permanently. Boundary wall is broken and will be completed in next one month. Methane release is an issue. A committee under Ramesh Kumar, NEERI and IIT has been asked to study and suggest measures,” Fadnavis said. “Waste to energy tender is already out and consultants would be appointed at the earliest. Henceforth, as a strategic decision no landfill will be done in future dumping grounds. MCGM (Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai) has taken this decision in principle,” he said. Also Read: Deonar fire: MCGM told to file affidavit on steps initiated to secure dumping sites
Fadnavis said he has assured residents that a joint committee with representative of citizens, government and MCGM will be constituted to monitor these measures and for timely setting up of new facility at Taloja in Navi Mumbai. The fire at Deonar dumping ground last week led the civic body to shut down 74 schools run by it, as the smoke from the ground veiled the area causing breathing difficulties.