In the midst of the fire crisis in the western state of Gujarat, a controversial ammonia burning plant in the state’s western region of Vadodara is now being blamed for a massive wildfire that has consumed hundreds of acres of forest.
In an attempt to extinguish the flames, the authorities have reportedly started an ammonia burning programme in the region.
The government has even started using ammonia as fuel to heat the homes of villagers and to power up a local power station.
The fires have charred a total of 1,000 acres, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMCA).
The agency has warned residents not to go outside and is also encouraging people to stay indoors for safety reasons.
The fire is also causing huge pollution in the area.
According to the environment ministry, the ammonia burning at the plant, which is owned by a local businessman, has been spewing toxic ammonia into the air for over two months.
The authorities say the fire was started by a power plant employee, who was in his car and started burning ammonia and charcoal at night.
The incident is being investigated.
A government official told NDTV that ammonia burning was banned in Vadoda last year, and this year, the fire department has been told to avoid it in the city.
However, residents say that they do not want to see a similar fire, as the fumes are poisonous.
“It is a big problem in Vattur.
We do not know what the source is of the ammonia.
We are worried about our health.
The fire will kill many people,” said Ashok Singh, a resident of the area, who has been living with burns on his body for more than six months.