Citing health risk to Covid patients and potential danger in increase in infections amid the festive period, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday announced a ban on firecrackers with immediate effect till November 30.
However, the civic body allowed the use of less polluting firecrackers like anar, fuljhari for children within the society premises or outside their house on the evening of November 14.
In the guidelines issued today, the BMC said bursting of firecrackers in any other premises like hotel, club, gymkhana, organisation, commercial premises will not be allowed.
“We have given an exception for November 14 when in the evening time, especially the children under the guidance of parents, can burst firecrackers that are mild in nature,” the guidelines read.
The civic body also assured strict action against violators.
“All the assistant municipal commissioners of 24 administrative wards and local police stations have been asked to implement these guidelines. If anybody will be found violating the norms, then the civic team and police officials can take action against them under epidemic act, 1897 and disaster management act, 2005,” a BMC official said.
Officials said that the decision was taken by the corporation in a larger ‘public interest’, considering the pandemic situation and the firecrackers could trigger health issues among Covid patients. Mumbai Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal said, “Let us strive to have a cracker-free Deepawali festival this year to save our great city of Mumbai from a possible second wave of Covid.”
The corporation has instructed citizens not to use sanitizers while lighting diyas or bursting firecrackers as it is flammable in nature and could cause accidents. “To avoid any possible accidents due to sanitizers, citizens can use soap for washing their hands.
The BMC has also requested citizens to use online mediums to exchange greetings rather than physically visiting at each other’s houses.
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