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Use of crackers poses grave danger to health, Mumbai civic body tells citizens

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Mumbai: Diwali Lanterns (Kandeel ) in public place for Diwali at Shivaji Park Dadar . Photo . Photo by BL SONI

Courts, schools, colleges among others marked as silence zones

Mumbai : The city will celebrate Diwali on Sunday, and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has sensitised people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. It has also urged citizens not to burn them in silent zones.

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Issuing a statement, the MCGM said firecrackers not only play havoc with the environment but also pose a grave danger to human health, especially to people’s ears, eyes and respiratory system.

“Crackers have in them pollutive materials that destroy the eco-system, besides emitting toxic gases into the air that we inhale. These gases cause extreme discomfort to babies and senior citizens,” the civic body’s statement said.

It reminded people that schools, colleges, courts, religious places and hospitals among others have been marked as silence zones and, therefore, bursting of crackers at these places was prohibited.

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As per the data acquired by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the civic body said it has been found that during Diwali pollution levels shoot up seven to eight times, thereby causing adverse impact on human health, especially on their respiratory and cardiac system.

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The statement further said bursting of crackers also causes uneasiness and hypertension, besides sleep and hunger loss, among people.