Two member team to probe Deonar fire

The Environment Minister Prakash Javedkar has announced that a special 2 member team shall be formed to inquire into the Deonar fire at the Deonar dumping ground. The fire has been a toxic health and environmental hazard for all the residents.

Courtesy: DNA India

Background

  • The Deonar dumping ground is a waste dumping ground or landfill in the city of Mumbai.
  • It is the oldest landfill in India which was set up in 1927.
  • The dumping ground extends over 132 hectares and receives 5,500 metric tonnes of waste, 600 metric tonnes of silt and 25 tonnes of bio-medical waste daily.
  • This ground has been causing a lot of problems to heath of residents as well as the environment.
  • Inefficient solid waste management leads to pollution.

There have been discussions to shut down the dumping ground.

News Item compiled by Namrata Keshava

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