A day after the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region till November 1, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that he will see if the same could be done in the state. And the decision will be taken after discussing with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
On Tuesday, in Mantralaya, the school students took an oath of pollution free Diwali, in the presence of Chief Minister.
Speaking about the pollution caused due to fireworks, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said, “We are making efforts to make all the festivals pollution-free. Firecrackers are harmful for the environment and health. So, celebrate a pollution-free Diwali. I appeal everyone to avoid bursting firecrackers.”
Sumaira Abdulali, founder of the environmental advocacy group Awaaz Foundation said, “I support Ramdas Kadam’s statement that he would ban firecrackers in Maharashtra. As Environment Minister, it is his duty to take action to protect the environment, just as it is the duty of the Chief Minister to protect both the environment and people’s health against hazardous firecrackers. I hope that they will not only ban firecrackers, but will also ensure strict implementation of the ban.”
She added, “Awaaz Foundation will support such action in any way possible. Of course we will be checking decibel levels and other compliances on the ground and request that Mumbaikars keep a track of firecracker sale and use in their own areas too.”
Dr Vikrant Shah, general physician of Chembur’s Zen Hospital informs about the health problems which arise due to fireworks:
- The air pollution can be troublesome for patients with asthma, respiratory diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, harmful for bronchial asthma patients, it can leave you breathless.
- Allergic bronchitis.
- Headache and eye infections.
- Sound pollution is not good for new born babies, elderly people, heart patients and people with hypertension.
Dr Gautam Bhansali, consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital lists out some preventive measures:
- Light fireworks carefully to avoid burn injuries.
- Cover your mouth with mask or use a handkerchief while bursting firecrackers.
- Use Low-decibel fireworks which will reduce sound pollution.
- Keep a bucket of water handy while bursting the crackers.
- Children should lit crackers under adult supervision.