That's smoke you see in Dwarka. Can you imagine the kind of fire that caused it?
Rampant burning of garbage in the open has become a regular sight in vacant plots across the sub-city. What's worse, despite a ban on it, most of these fires are planned and leave the sub-city suffering from toxic gases and a loss of vegetation.
On Monday, City Spidey spotted a fire in a vacant plot at the corner of the Sector 7/8/9 chowk. On Tuesday again, there was garbage up in flames at the same spot. Another such open fire was witnessed by residents at a Sector 5 park near Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Large swaths of land, such as this one in Sector 5, lie burnt and barren
Himanshu, a resident of Ganinath Nikunj Apartments, who spotted the fire at Sector 5, said, “This was the first time I saw such huge flames in the park behind us. It was at night, between 8 pm and 9 pm, and the whole plot was engulfed in huge flames within minutes. The police and the fire brigade had to be informed, and they had to bring the fire under control. Whatever happened was a serious issue for the community and the environment.”
He further added, "In the evening, if you happen to be around these vacant land or parks, you suffocated due to the smoke. If you look around, you will spot heaps of garbage or leaves burning along the roads or in parks."
Blaming the civic bodies for their failure to keep a check on these incidents, environment activist and a resident of Shaman Apartments, Diwan Singh said, “It is a shame for the administration that it is not being able to protect the environment. This is a complete failure of the system they have. Stern action should be taken by the concerned agencies against such things. Also, teams to monitor such incidents should be formed and their accountability fixed for damage to the environment.”
This, residents say, is a usual sight in Dwarka these days