Rescue operations are still on.
A massive fire broke out at Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill area on Saturday, news agency ANI reports. As per initial inputs, at least 5 fire tenders were rushed to spot. Rescue operations are still on. “We received a call about the fire incident at about 5:50 pm. Senior officials are also at the site,” a fire service official was quoted as saying by PTI, adding, “no one has been injured”. He added that cause of fire has not been ascertained yet. It could be that someone threw a cigarette or a beedi that triggered it, he said. PTI reports that this 45-m high landfill was shut down following an order by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal in the wake of the collapse incident in which two persons were killed.
Currently, the waste meant for it is being diverted to a temporary site in Ranikhera near the Delhi-Haryana border, civic officials said. “The city’s garbage, which was being sent to Ghazipur site would now be taken to a temporary site in Ranikhera near the Delhi-Haryana border,” a senior civic body official was quoted as saying by PTI. Earlier, a car, a scooter and two motorcycles were swept into a canal by the momentum of the hurtling garbage and slush. While Raj Kumari (32) and Abhishek (22) died in the incident, while five persons were injured.