Mumbai: Soon after the High Court's order on cracker ban in residential areas, Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam came out in support of a pollution-free Diwali and said he will create awareness about firecrackers and celebrating a pollution-free Diwali. He will take up the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray after which the decision will be taken.
The Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region till November 1. On Tuesday, in the Mantralaya, the school students took the oath of celebrating pollution-free Diwali, in the presence of the Chief Minister.
At the function, Kadam said firecrackers caused pollution of noise and air and created paper garbage on the ground.
“Firecrackers are also harmful to health. So we are appealing to the people to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali," he said.
When asked about the High Court decision, Kadam said the government will examine the possibility of banning firecrackers and the thrust will be more on building awareness of the harmful effects of firecrackers.
However, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut flayed the decision. He asked why this ban on firecrackers during Diwali only. "For the last many years we are celebrating Diwali in this way," Raut said.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) also objected to the decision saying why such a ban for a Hindu festival. MNS Chief Raj Thackeray asked, "Should we light firecrackers on WhatsApp only?"