Docs, Animal Lovers Worried Over Firecrackers | Ranchi News


Jamshedpur: With no Covid restrictions in the state after a gap of two years, revellers are eagerly waiting to celebrate Diwali. Health experts and environmentalists, however, are concerned about the noise and air pollution levels on and after the festival.
In Steel City, state pollution board regional director Jitendra Kumar Singh and his team will monitor the pollution level on Diwali night (October 24) at 12 places. Singh appealed to residents of the city to abide by the government guidelines to burst firecrackers with sound limits of less than 120 decibels and within the 8pm to 10pm window. He also said people should also burst only green firecrackers as recommended by the Supreme Court. This year, the administration has given its nod to set up makeshift firecracker markets only in the open grounds across the district, keeping the safety aspects in mind.
Meanwhile, health experts are not sure whether the revellers will stick to the two prescribed norms for firecrackers. Anita Banerjee, a former doctor at the state-run MGMMCH, said, “Residents have already people have started bursting crackers and no authorities are taking note of it or initiating any action.” She said noise from sudden bursts of crackers can be very damaging for cardiac and neurological patients. Dr Banerjee also said many patients at this time of the year suffer from sudden heart attacks, triggered by sudden explosions of crackers and the chances of heart attacks multiply. She advised all cardiac patients to remain indoors with all doors and windows shut.
Kakoli Mukherjee, a teacher, is worried for her mother, who suffers from many chronic diseases, including of the heart, and she said revellers often violate the law and burst crackers in front of her house. In the past, her repeated phone calls to the local police station have never been addressed.


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