No fireworks in Mumbai, Delhi over poor air quality
BCCI has said that fireworks will not be used in Mumbai and Delhi considering the poor air quality in the cities.
A general view of fireworks inside the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. Reuters
With the Bombay High Court noting that Mumbai’s air quality is deteriorating and Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) falling into the ‘very poor’ category, the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) that there will be no fireworks display during the World Cup Games at Wankhede Stadium or Arun Jaitley Stadium in Mumbai and Delhi respectively.
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India will play Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday and Bangladesh will meet Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on November 6. This will be the last match in the capital in the World Cup.
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In a statement, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, “BCCI is sensitive to environmental concerns. I have taken up the matter formally with the ICC and there will be no display of fireworks in Mumbai, which may increase the level of pollution. The Board is committed to tackling environmental issues and will always put the interests of our fans and stakeholders first.”
“The BCCI acknowledges the urgent concern of air quality in both Mumbai and New Delhi. While we strive to host the ICC World Cup in a manner that befits the celebration of cricket, we remain steadfast in our commitment to prioritize the health and safety of all our stakeholders.”
According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI reading in Mumbai on Tuesday was a “moderate” 172 with Bandra Kurla Complex touching an alarming high of 260. In Delhi, meanwhile, quality the air in October is the worst. from 2020 onwards.
Fireworks were used at the end of a match at the World Cup. And the state of air quality in Mumbai prompted Rohit Sharma, captain of the Indian cricket team, to caption an image on Instagram as: “Mumbai, yeh kya ho gaya (Mumbai, what happened)?”
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