Mumbai: The Marine Drive police detained six persons on Thursday and Friday for violation of the Supreme Court order on bursting firecrackers – the stipulated time for which was between 8 and 10 pm.
Vilas Gangwane, a Senior Police Inspector, Marine Drive police station, said, “Two persons were detained on the night of November 6 and four others on the night of November 7 for bursting fire crackers at midnight. They were later let off.” “They were detained as per the provisions of the Bombay Police Act,” added the officer. On Wednesday, two minor children were booked by Trombay police for violating the Supreme Court guidelines. The minors had burst crackers on Tuesday late night at Maharashtra Nagar in Mankhurd. An FIR was registered by Shakil Ahmed Abdul Rashid Shaikh (37) against them. Shaikh, in his statement, said that he was getting disturbed when the two boys burst crackers at PPL colony near building number 16 and 17.
AIR QUALITY POOR: Meanwhile, pollution levels in Mumbai rose slightly on Friday and were described as ‘poor’ – an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 242. Researchers had forecast a ‘very poor’ AQI of 302 for Thursday, expecting immense pollution because of the firecrackers. The air quality is likely to improve slightly from Saturday. Gufran Beig, project director, System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), said the air was clean despite Diwali, as weather conditions helped disperse the pollutants. The most polluted areas in the city on Friday were Mazagon (333), Borivli (268), Malad (325), Andheri (347), Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) (155) and Navi-Mumbai (303).