Calcutta, October 23 (PTI) Doctors and environmentalists in West Bengal wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday urging her to ban firecrackers altogether like last year to protect air quality which is starting to deteriorate. deteriorate due to the burning of fireworks during the Diwali festival.
Several of Kolkata’s top doctors and experts in other fields, who are also part of the Bengal Clean Air Network (Bengal-CAN) have sent a letter to Banerjee on the need for a safer and cleaner holiday season.
The letter says air quality begins to deteriorate after firecrackers erupted during Diwali and West Bengal becomes a gas chamber.
The signatories supported the administration in raising awareness of the pollution caused by firecrackers.
“The coming winter season is a problem in West Bengal and hence there is a need to celebrate pollution-free Diwali this year,” said the letter, signed by members of the Association of Radiological Oncologists of India, from the Society of Emergency Medicine India, The Association of South Asian Medical Students and other prominent NGOs, said.
Dr Soirindhri Banerjee from the Radiation Oncology Department at IPGMER & SSKM Hospital, who is also a signatory, said: âIt is extremely important to recognize the potential of airborne smoke and smog as significant aggravating factors of respiratory infections. As the festivities continue, we all urge to celebrate with lights and lamps and to consciously limit the use of firecrackers to control air pollution. pollution also PTI SCH NN NN
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