Fire rages on at CMC garbage plant

A fire has been raging at the accumulated garbage in the Dumane Garbage Treatment Plant of Canacona Municipal Council (CMC), posing a serious threat to people residing barely 200 metres from the site.

While residents have accused the CMC of lighting the fire in a bid to clear the accumulated garbage, CMC Chief Officer, Pradeep Naik, refuted the allegations and claimed that a fire lit to clear some cashew vegetation in the area had spread to the garbage inside the treatment plant.

According to reports, the fire broke out at the treatment plant late Sunday evening and CMC Chairperson, Ajay Bhagat, rushed to the site on hearing the news. Efforts by fire tenders to extinguish the fire failed at night and CMC Chief Officer, Pradeep Naik, along with Bhagat, returned to the site on Monday morning.

Fearing that the treatment plant could be destroyed in the fire, Bhagat said there is no other option but to move the garbage to another location. Smoke had engulfed the area and 12 houses lie barely 200 metres from the treatment plant.

“We have been finding it difficult to breathe properly since Sunday evening,” said a local, Daku Komarpant. He informed that the residents have submitted a memorandum to taluka health officials and have also marked a copy to Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, questioning the decision of CMC to set up a garbage treatment plant barely 200 metres from their residences. [H]