Kochi: The residents in Vyttila, Champakara, Maradu and Kundannoor areas witnessed heavy smoke in the wake of a major outbreak of fire lasting hours at Brahmapuram waste treatment plant at around 4.30 pm on Friday. It could not completely be doused until now.
Meanwhile, Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain said the frequent fire outbreaks at Brahmapuram were a matter of worry and the civic body was finding the incident suspicious. She said a complaint would be filed with the District Collector, police and Corporation in this regard. The fire was first spotted on a heap of unsorted waste including plastics which set ablaze soon spreading thick black smoke and bad smell around the area. Fire and Rescue personnel came from different parts of the district pressed into service and it took five hours to get things under their control.
Multiple fire incidents were reported at the plant during a short period of months, which alleged unusual as per the city corporation. The authorities of Vadavukode Panchayat, in which the plant situates, and the residents are stern on their stand that further movement of garbage there will not be permitted unless ensuring security measures. The fire and rescue personnel also alleged to suspect some foul play in the spreading of fire.
The residents are stern on their stand that collection of waste at Brahmapuram will be prevented if it catches fire again.