Health Hazards Mount as Industrial Waste Fire Engulfs Morwadi for Two Days

A distressing incident unfolded behind the Morwadi Court building in Pimpri Chinchwad city, as an industrial waste fire emitted thick smoke into the surroundings, persisting for two days. The fire, fueled by rubber and plastic waste, has heightened pollution levels, posing significant health risks for residents in the affected areas. Concerned citizens and environmentalists plan to meet with the Commissioner of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) to address the pressing issue and advocate for immediate action.

The incident, originating near the Amriteshwar Society, involved large piles of rubber, plastic, and scrap materials stored in an open space. The illegal stockpile, including tyres and cables, ignited, leading to a significant explosion due to a barrel of oil present in the area. The fire, smouldering for two days, has blanketed areas such as Tukaram Masulkar Colony, Ajmera Colony, Empire Estate, Auto Cluster, and Morwadi with substantial smoke, compromising air quality and escalating health concerns.

Despite incidents of garbage burning being not uncommon in various parts of the city, both the Health Department and the Environment Department of the PCMC seem inactive in addressing this issue. The lack of penal action and intervention from these departments has contributed to the exacerbation of the situation.

The challenge posed by the industrial waste fire proved formidable for firefighters. Initial attempts using water were insufficient, and the fire’s intensity persisted. Subsequently, foam was employed, providing partial relief by suppressing the flames. However, once the effect of the foam diminished, the fire reignited, prompting the use of soil to bring it under control.

The widespread smoke from the fire poses a significant health threat to residents, particularly the elderly, children, and pregnant women. The burning of rubber and plastic materials emitted a strong and unpleasant odor, further complicating the living conditions for citizens.

In addition to health concerns, the fire led to the destruction of 15 to 20 large trees and several smaller ones in the area, impacting the local ecosystem. Environmentalists express lament over the loss of greenery and emphasize the need to address the ecological consequences of such incidents.

The unauthorized scrap shops along the Chikhali – Kudalwadi – Moshi road from Pimpri have become a focal point of concern. These establishments not only contribute to frequent fires but also pose significant environmental hazards. The lack of action against these unauthorized shops has allowed them to proliferate, presenting a continuous threat to the well-being of citizens.

As residents grapple with compromised air quality and environmental contamination, there is an urgent demand for immediate action against unauthorized scrap shops. Addressing this issue promptly is crucial to safeguard the health and living conditions of the community, both in the present and future.

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