Delhi’s anti-pollution body on Thursday imposed Rs 50 lakh fine on North Delhi Municipal Corporation over fire at Bhalswa landfill as firefighters struggled to douse the fire for the third straight day with officials saying that it will take at least another day to put it out completely.
Currently, four fire tenders are working to bring down the flames, the officials said.
A massive fire broke out at the Bhalswa landfill site on Tuesday evening. Several videos showed the blaze churning out dense plumes of smoke and turning the sky hazy grey.Local residents said on Wednesday the thick smoke was choking them.
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Another official said rising temperatures lead to the formation of the “extremely flammable” methane gas at dumping yards.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday blamed “corruption” in the municipal corporation for the frequent fires at landfills in the city, saying the BJP-ruled civic bodies should have used bulldozers to clear the mountains of garbage.
Gyan Sarovar School, a child resource centre for children of ragpickers living near the Bhalswa landfill site, has been closed for a week as thick smoke enveloped the area.
Three incidents of fire have been reported this year at east Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill site.