Kochi : Towards fumigation at Brahmapuram waste plant. It is now concentrated in swampy areas. In other areas, the fire and smoke have completely subsided. It is estimated that significant progress will be made today in reducing marsh smoke.
Under the leadership of District Collector N.S.K Umesh, fire fighting is being done in 24-hour shifts.
Currently, the mission has 200 firemen, 18 excavator operators, 68 civil defense personnel, 55 Kochi Corporation employees, 48 home guards, 6 policemen, 5 from Navy, 2 from BPCL, 3 from SIAL and 4 from Revenue Department. An ambulance and a 6-member medical team are on the spot.
One foam tender unit, 18 fire units, 18 excavators and 3 high pressure pumps are being used to extinguish the smoke.
Efforts to control the smoke were made by deployment of Aska lights in the area of the waste plant even at night.
The fire was extinguished in 5 sectors out of which the plant area was divided into 7 sectors. The patrol team is also on the scene to find out if there is even a small amount of smoke rising from the fire pits. Drones equipped with thermal cameras will also be deployed to detect coal in landfills. Metal was also laid to prevent the fire tenders from sinking into the mud.