Chenai: As the temperature in Chennai continues to rise and the fires in the landfill have started posing health and environmental threats, the Greater Chennai Corporation has decided to station fire trucks at the Perungudi and Kodungaiyur permanently.

“In the event of an emergency, we have instructed the Fire and Rescue Service to park fire trucks at the landfills. The fire trucks will prevent fires by spraying water shortly after the smoke begins We already have cesspools in landfills and have filled them with water,” said Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Commissioner of Chennai Corporation.

He also added that waste will be periodically moved inside landfills to release methane gas to prevent fires.

“Bio-extraction is a solution to prevent fires. But, the fire has spread where bio-extraction has not yet started. Of the 225 acres, only 15 acres have been affected and the affected parts have been isolated,” he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, garbage dumped in Perungudi caught fire, releasing thick smoke. It has affected normal life in areas like Madipakkam, Velachery, Taramani, Perungudi and others.

Even though the fire has been extinguished, smoke continues to come out of the landfill. “The smoke will be there for another two days. Measures have been taken to normalize. Water cooling is the only possible measure to control this type of fire,” another official said.