Mumbai: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday banned the bursting of firecrackers in public places under its jurisdiction. This decision has been taken in view of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
The civic body said that soundless firecrackers like ‘anar’, ‘phooljhadi’ can be used only on Diwali between 8 and 10 pm. As per the BMC circular, the violators will be lodged under the Pandemic Act and the Disaster Management Act. The circular also warns people that hand sanitizer and disinfectant fluids can be flammable when used around firecrackers, so adequate care is taken.
Several states and Union Territory (UT) governments have decided to ban firecrackers and its sale.
Meanwhile, to prevent the COVID-19 Pandemic from worsening due to poor air quality, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the National Capital Region from midnight on 9 November till 30th November.