The Coimbatore district administration and the Pollution Control Board have warned the public that those who burst fire crackers near hospitals, schools and court would be punished severely. They will be fined up to Rs 1,000 and if they fail to pay they will be imprisoned.
In a joint release, Collector Archana Patnaik and District Environmental Engineer (Coimbatore - North) said that as per the Supreme Court order, fire crackers, especially those which cause noise, should not be burnt between 10 pm and 6 am. The noise could lead to temporary hearing loss and sometime permanent hearing loss. The smoke could cause lung related diseases.
“The public should avoid bursting crackers on busy roads and instead burn them in open grounds. People bursting crackers near hospitals, schools and court will be punished severely. They will be produced in court by the officials of the Police Department and Rs 1,000 fine fill be imposed. Those who failed to pay the fine could be imprisoned,” officials said.
Crackers like rockets should not burnt in places which are surrounded by huts and shanties. People should wear thick cotton clothes and footwear while bursting crackers.
“If a person sustains burns while bursting crackers, a large amount of water should be poured on the injury and then he should be taken to a nearby hospital. Children should not be allowed to burn crackers alone and parents should monitor them. Children should not be allowed to carry fire crackers in their shirt pockets,” they said.