The Bombay High Court took an account of the depleting air quality in the city and and initiated suo motu proceedings, the Indian cricket board announced that there won’t be any fireworks display during the World Cup matches in Mumbai and Delhi since it “can add to the pollution level”.
While both the cities will witness two big matches as India will play against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday and Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will meet at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi next Monday. BCCI secretary, Jay Shah responded to a query put in by The Indian Express, stated: “I took up the matter formally with the ICC and there won’t be any fireworks display in Mumbai and Delhi, which can add to the pollution level. The Board is committed to combating environmental issues and will always place the interest of our fans and stakeholders at the forefront.” He also added that the Indian board is very much sensitive with environmental issues.
“The BCCI acknowledges the urgent concern surrounding air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. While we strive to host the ICC World Cup in a manner befitting the celebration of cricket, we remain steadfast in our commitment to prioritising the health and safety of all our stakeholders,” he said. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall AQI reading in Mumbai Tuesday was a “moderate” 172 with Bandra Kurla Complex touching an alarming high of 260. In Delhi, the air quality this October has been the worst since 2020.
As Diwali is approaching, these bog cities are getting ready with lights and crackers where the AQI is a major part of concern for these big cities. Smog has always created adverse effects in the health of the people, especially the old-age people who reside at their homes. Therefore, the state police always urges its citizens to celebrate a green and eco-friendly Diwali and keeping the festival limited to the festival of lights.