Deonar fire: Congress councillors wear pollution masks in protest

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Mumbai, Feb. 3 (ANI): The Congress councillors on Wednesday came for a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) budget meeting, wearing pollution masks in protest against the Deonar dumping ground fire leading to ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ air quality and formation of thick blanket of fog.

Accusing the administration, the BJP and Shiv Sena for playing with the health of Mumbaikars, Congress councillor Devendra Ambekar said, “We are wearing masks in protest against the Deonar dumping ground fire, which is creating health hazard for Mumbaikars. The Municipal Commissioner should have made a statement in this regard at the meeting of the Standing Committee, where the media were also present, that what steps they were taking to deal with this problem. The administration, the BJP and the Shiv Sena don’t care for the health of the people of Mumbai.”

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Another Congress councillor Bakkunissa Ansari described the fire at the Deonar dumping ground in the commercial capital as a ‘calamity’.

“The worst thing is that the ruling members were not present there. The mayor, along with a team, has gone on a tour to Andaman and Nicobar. They didn’t know that the Deonar occurrence was still there, how could they make such a blunder? For the first time in Mumbai, schools were closed, and children were vomiting… Whose responsibility is this? The BJP and the Shiv Sena have been ruling for 25 years but have never taken these things seriously as their only aim is touring. They go on tours with their families at the expense on people’s money,” Ansari said.

“The Deonar issue is very serious as it is affecting people’s health, 70 percent of which are minorities, with 37,000 crore budget can’t they develop the area,” asked Ansari.

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Parts of Mumbai have been engulfed in a thick blanket of smog since Thursday due to a huge fire at the Deonar garbage dumping ground on the city’s eastern fringe, forcing government schools in central Shivaji Nagar and Deonar to remain closed.

As fire continues to simmer at the dumping ground, the number of people falling ill due to the smoke has increased. (ANI)

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