Attempts douse fire at Brahmapuram using JCB and chopper | Photo: Matrubhumi
Kochi: Amid ongoing attempts to douse the fire at the waste management plant in Brahmapuram, the fire force officials on Sunday said that around 80 per cent of the fire has been brought under control.
“At present, fire force units from Kottayam and Palakkad, besides Ernakulam division, are trying to douse the fire. Plastic wastes alone are piled up to 25 feet in an area of 110 acres,” said Satheesan, fire station officer.
“No matter how much water is poured from above, the plastic waste will not get wet and will continue to burn from below. Strong winds and high temperature could result in fire breakouts yet again,” he added.
Meanwhile, the quality of air in the area has dropped a lot and residents have been directed to remain vigilant. However, there has been a decrease in the smoke engulfing the city on Sunday, when compared to the last three days.
Ernakulam district collector Dr Renu Raj on Saturday urged the people living in the proximity of Brahmapuram fire not to step out during the daytime on Sunday unless it is necessary.