(Source: Hindustan Times)
The fire broke out on March 31, around 2 pm at the dumping ground in Dadumajra, Chandigarh. The thick smoke that engulfed the area triggered breathing problems, irritation in the throat, and burning sensation in the eyes of the residents living in nearby areas — Dadumajra, Sector 38 (West), Sector 25, and Dhanas. Eight fire tenders were sent off to the spot to extinguish the fire. The reason behind the fire remains unknown so far. The officials claim that it was some waste material on the ground that caught fire and was spread further which destroyed a significant portion of the dumping ground. The chief fire officer, Anil Kumar Garg said, “The operation to bring the fire under control is on. The methane gas emitted from the garbage is highly inflammable, which led to a fire at the dumping ground. The waste material, including plastic, is still burning which is why it is taking so much time. The President of Dadumajra Dumping Site Joint Action Committee, Dyal Krishan said, “The repeated incidents of fire at the dumping ground make it more difficult for us to reside here. Our houses get filled with smoke and stench. The government has failed us time and again and no corrective measure has been taken despite repeated requests and complaints to the authorities." Similar incidents were reported at the same spot in October 2016, 2017, and 2020.