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Now, fire breaks out in mangroves near Vikhroli

The fire was reported in the mangroves along Eastern Express Highway on Sunday.

The fire was reported in the mangroves along Eastern Express Highway on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: Prashant Waydande

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Blaze doused in around two hours, no casualties

Yet another fire broke out in the city on Sunday afternoon, in the mangroves along the Eastern Express Highway between Ghatkopar and Vikhroli.

The fire control room said they received a call at 4.22 p.m. of a blaze in the mangroves near Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Limited. Four firefighting vehicles from Vikhroli, Mulund and Gavanpada stations were sent to the spot. The blaze was doused around 6.45 p.m. No human or animal casualties were reported.

Bangar R.B., a security guard working at the Godrej unit, said, “Initially, there was a small fire at one spot which was doused immediately. Later, when a major fire broke out at another spot, the fire brigade was informed.”

The fire brigade is investigating the cause of the blaze, Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Rahangdale said. The Vikhroli police said they had not received any call regarding the incident.

Fires in mangroves are not an uncommon occurrence. Three separate mangrove fires were reported in Navi Mumbai earlier this month.

Around the same time, the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority, too, gave its clearance for construction of 10-feet walls along vulnerable and environmentally crucial mangrove forests.

These walls, which can also help prevent fires, have been planned on the landward side at Sai Dham Nagar in Charkop, near Lagoon Road in Malwani-Malad, along the Eastern Express Highway in Kannamwar Nagar, Vikhroli, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba, Bhakti Park in Wadala and Shivneri Nagar, Mandala-Mankhurd.

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