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Noida: Respiratory illnesses down this year, patients hail SC ban

Expressing its concern over rising pollution in Delhi-NCR, the SC on October 9 had banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1

noida Updated: Oct 20, 2017 22:15 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindsutan Times
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Experts believe that people with pulmonary issues are prone to get ill due to the incessant bursting of crackers.(File Photo)

The recent ruling by Supreme Court to ban the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR came as a relief for those who are prone to or are suffering from respiratory illnesses, as the air was ‘less toxic’ this Diwali.

Expressing its concern over rising pollution in Delhi-NCR, the SC on October 9 had banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1. Although people in Delhi-NCR did burst crackers on Diwali, the magnitude of pollution was restrained due to the blanket ban on the sale of crackers.

Noida residents welcomed SC’s move as they claimed the ban helped in reducing the toxic air, which usually engulfs Delhi-NCR on Diwali night.

“My mother is almost 70 years old and is an asthma patient. Thanks to the SC ban, fewer crackers were burst and she did not have much trouble breathing. This is a welcome change from last year,” said Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Sector 51.

An asthma patient, Haji Mohammad Shafi (62), a resident of Dankaur, Jewar, claimed the air quality was much better this year due to cracker ban. “I did not feel any uneasiness while breathing on Diwali night. Last year, the condition was poor despite Dankaur being located on the outskirts,” said Shafi.

Suresh Tiwari, the general secretary of Sector 20 RWA, also welcomed the move saying the ban on crackers allowed residents to venture into the park in the morning hours. “Last year, the condition was so pathetic that residents had to avoid strolling in the public parks for one week after the festival. However, the condition is much better this time and we did not have problems taking a stroll,” Tiwari said.

Even hospitals in Noida claimed they received fewer patients who complained of respiratory issues due to cracker bursting. “We received only three-four cases of patients who complained of respiratory issues. Last year, the count was 24,” said VB Joshi, spokesperson, Kailash Hospital, Noida.

“We received six to seven patients who complained of respiratory issues, which is down from 18 cases last year,” said Chhaya Malhotra, spokesperson, Metro Hospital.

Experts believe that people with pulmonary issues are prone to get ill due to the incessant bursting of crackers.

“Any person with pulmonary issues, be it in any age group, is more prone to dangers as due to the bursting of crackers, the presence of pollutants in the air is more. Even those without pulmonary issues are affected by bursting of crackers, which can affect their respiratory system and can also have long-term effects such as heart attack,” said Dr Mrinal Sarkar, department of pulmonary and critical care, Fortis Hospital.

First Published: Oct 20, 2017 22:15 IST