Plastic, other waste set ablaze at Merces
Miscreants set afire plastic and other waste stored in the collection centre near Shantaban-Merces in the wee hours of Sunday.
A rickshaw which was used in transporting the collected plastic waste was also gutted in the fire as it was parked inside the collection centre.
Fire personnel informed Herald that they received a call from one of the residents of Shantaban Colony at about 2.30 am stating that there was fire at the plastic collection centre.
Two fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused the fire. However, the fire re-started and the fire brigade returned to the spot at about 7 am but the personnel could not contain the fire as the water did not reach the bottom of the plastic pile.
The fire was extinguished only at 10 am when a JCB excavator was brought to the spot and the plastic was taken out and buried nearby.
When contacted, Adv Atanasio Monteiro Trust Chairman Alda Monteiro informed that 40 bags full of recyclable plastic, eight bags of tetra pack and unaccounted number of non-recyclable plastic bags were gutted in the fire.
A rickshaw belonging to Shafi Shaikh, which was used in transporting the collected plastic waste, was also gutted in the fire as it was parked inside the collection centre.
Shaikh informed Herald that only recently he used to park his rickshaw inside the centre as miscreants used to steal petrol from the vehicle. “The insurance of the rickshaw had expired two months back,” said dejected Shaikh.
When asked whether they suspect anybody’s hand in the incident, Alda replied in the negative but did not rule the possibility of mischief.
Merces Sarpanch Yatin Palekar, Merces Vigilant Citizens Association (MVCA) President Jose Carmin Joao, MVCA members Michael Dias and Francis Fernandes visited the spot. [H]