If you feel that there is no Environmental issue in your city, come take a look at Deonar Dumping Yard. There is smoke that is visible from satellite and where there is smoke there is fire. Let’s stop this fire from spreading into our city.
The Deonar dumping ground is a waste dumping ground or landfill in the city of Mumbai. Located in the city’s Deonar, an eastern suburb of the city, it is India’s oldest and largest dumping ground, 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. The dump rises to around 114 ft. high. As of December 2014, the waste had reached the height of an 18-storeyed tower. (Source : Wiki)
There has been reported news of repeated fire in this area, since Jan this year. When I saw the image of fire being captured by NASA satellite, I couldn’t stop wondering the scale of the issue of was.
Last night my cab took a different route on the way back home and I came to realize what a big issue this fire (smoke) is now. When the cab entered the vicinity, I thought it was the usual foggy smoke that we see in Mumbai. Yes, this proves I was at a common acceptance that Mumbai was one of the polluted cities. But when it came right into the middle of the fog, I couldn’t stop asking the driver, what was this place. He said it was Deonar Dumping Zone. I said to myself, man how the hell people are living here. I couldn’t even breath for 2 minutes. It was not usual smoke, but very toxic dense smoke. The kind which burn your eyes and you tend to close your nose. From the windshield of the car, nothing was visible as far as 10 meters. This was continuous for around 2 km.
When I reached my place, I searched for Deonar Dumping Zone, as I was aware there was a fire few weeks back and I was wondering what was done about it and is this after smoke. There are places in world, where sometimes fire like this continue for days and months. I came to know in the last 2 months, there has been 3 fire incidents and the last one was 2 days back. I read lot of news which say that the fire has been put off and how the government and the MMC is trying to implement measures to control this. They are declaring this place as restricted zone and how modern methods will be used for waste management.
I am not going as to say anything to the government and the municipal corporation. All I have to say is to the people of Mumbai, the tourists and the Environmentalists. To the people of Mumbai, if you can reduce the use of plastics, by 1 per day for person in your house, that would bring down a huge amount of plastic in the city. There are times, when people feel, in the advent of Clean India movement, that the task is done by throwing the waste and plastic in the dustbin. I urge you to think, that not every waste is decomposable and the task is not just to throw the waste in dustbin and keep the city clean. Because however happy you feel by seeing the city clean in your vicinity, there is a mountain of dirt that is being collecting in the corner of the city and you are much responsible for the pile up than anyone else.
To the tourists of Mumbai, there isn’t much to say, but if you can try not to litter around and minimize/reduce the usage of plastic and other garbage it will be of great help to keep the city a tourist spot for the next few decades.
To the Environmentalists and the students of Waste Disposal Management, here is one challenging opportunity before you to prove what you can do for your city and the people. If you can device any approach to solve this problem, I am sure the municipality and government will be more than happy to implement it.
As much effort is being made to make India clean, waste must be equally treated at its best disposal. There will be a time, when this will impact everyone of us living in Mumbai and this are the signs of first stage of cancer in the form of fire in Deonar. If we do not take actions and steps against reducing our usage and solving the existing pile up, we will soon pay very high price. We will see more of similar incidents and then it will become a problem of everyone. Let us not wait for the catastrophe to occur. Let us cure this cancer before it is too late. Let us take some steps. Let us not just speak, but execute.
If you have any ideas or suggestions, please share them in the comments below. I intend to take this further now. Your ideas and suggestions, may well be brought up to the concerned department.