Faced with respiratory problems, residents demand permanent solution for Bhalswa landfill fires – ThePrint – ANIFeed

New Delhi [India]June 4 (ANI): Residents residing near the Bhalswa landfill in the nation’s capital have reported respiratory problems and demanded a permanent solution to the frequent fires, which often rage for days at a stretch.

On Friday afternoon, the landfill caught fire again and firefighters, who received a call around 1:52 p.m. about the incident, rushed firefighters and managed to bring the blaze under control by 8:20 p.m., according to firefighters.

However, plumes of smoke continue to emanate from the landfill.

Earlier in April, dense plumes of smoke continued to billow from the site after a fire broke out on April 26 and firefighters battled to douse the flames for six straight days.

“I have lived here for 20 years and I have seen him since then. No changes have occurred in this dump. We face many problems like breathing and coughing. etc We want a permanent solution for this,” a local resident told ANI.

Another local said: “The houses are barely a kilometer from the site. Our eyes hurt, it becomes difficult to breathe and the heat rises too. A fire breaks out there every year from April to June. Diseases also spread. We want this dump removed from here.

A dense plume of smoke was seen rising into the sky, exacerbating the air already polluted during the April blaze.

People living near the yard say smoke enters their rooms during the fires due to which they face several health issues.

“I have been here for 20 years. Bhalswa landfill is very close to my house. When I open my window, I can see the dump. We face respiratory problems because of this, everyone gets sick. Diseases like malaria and dengue are spreading. At the time of the fire, the smoke reached the house,” said Mausari, a resident.

Prior to the fire, Environment Minister Gopal Rai inspected the North Delhi landfill on Thursday to assess the situation. He said a nine-point action plan was being developed to reduce those fires. (ANI)

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