BMC has banned fireworks in Mumbai ahead of Diwali in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic except for sparkler and flower pots in private premises on the evening of Lakshmi Puja on November 14.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned the bursting of firecrackers in Mumbai ahead of Diwali in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The civic body has only allowed sparklers and flower pots in private premises on the evening of Lakshmi Puja on November 14.
The BMC has appealed to people to celebrate Diwali with caution in the backdrop of Covid pandemic and a possible second wave. In Mumbai, the BMC has banned the use of firecrackers except for sparklers and flower pots on November 14.
“It is very important for citizens to take precautionary measures against Covid. Due to the continuous efforts made by the administration day and night and the cooperation of the citizens, the available statistics show that Covid is now under control. However, due to the high contagion of Covid, we all need to be more careful. With this in mind, citizens should strictly observe physical abstinence, wear masks in public places and wash their hands properly with soap frequently,” the civic body said in a press release ‘
“Also, when celebrating Diwali in a controlled manner, it is important to avoid going to each other’s homes. Also, in view of the fact that the smoke of firecrackers can cause inconvenience to the patients suffering from Covid-19, the use of firecrackers or fireworks is being banned in the municipal area,” BMC said.
In a video statement on Sunday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had said that he is not going to put any restrictions on people about firecrackers, people should celebrate Diwali in a responsible manner. CM had said we can’t afford another lockdown and a second Covid wave.
On Monday, the National Green Tribunal has declared a complete ban on the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the national capital region from midnight of November 9 till November 30.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel clarified that the direction will apply to all cities and towns in the country where the average of ambient air quality during November (as per available data of last year) fell under the ‘poor’ and above categories.