Participants leave an arena after a fire broke out during an event held as part of the 'Make in India Week' in Mumbai on February 14, 2016. A huge fire gutted a stage hosting a cultural event in Mumbai that was part of the Indian government's much-trailed 'Make in India' week on February 14. AFP PHOTO / STR
Participants leave an arena after a fire broke out during an event held as part of the 'Make in India Week' in Mumbai on February 14, 2016. A huge fire gutted a stage hosting a cultural event in Mumbai that was part of the Indian government's much-trailed 'Make in India' week on February 14. AFP PHOTO / STR

Mumbai : As BMC tried to clear the debris and scrap from Sunday’s fire at Girgaun Chowpatty’s Make in India event, and dump it at the Deonar dump yard overnight, it led to a fierce fight among rag-pickers, forcing the civic body to take the material to the Mahalakshmi transport scrap yard, sources within the civic body said.

The BMC was then forced to shift the material elsewhere, to prevent the fight from going out of hand.

About 68 truckloads of scrap material from the fire was taken to the dump yard in a bid to clear Girgaum Chowpatty of the debris overnight. Thirty two trucks were employed for this purpose and they made several rounds to and from the chowpatty to clear the area completely.

Sources said that about 40 per cent of the material was metal. The rest of it included the wood used to construct the stage, burnt material, and cloth. “As scrap metal in this quantity is barely ever dumped at the dumping ground, word spread quickly and it attracted all the rag-pickers from the area.

They began to fight among themselves for who would lay their hands on the largest piece of metal and the fight got out of hand”, sources said, adding that the dump yard does not have a fence to prevent access, which worsened the situation.

Meanwhile, the civic body had unloaded only two trucks of the scrap. As officials learnt of the fight, the rest of the material was immediately taken to Mahalaxmi, sources said.

The scrap material is now in the custody of the respective ward, and it is up to it to get rid of it.

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