In a pre-Diwali message released through newspaper advertisements, Kejriwal advised people against bursting of fireworks and crackers.

"On this occasion of happiness, I want to make an appeal. Our Delhi is struggling with an acute problem of air pollution, which assumes dangerous proportions on Diwali due to bursting of fireworks and crackers," Kejriwal said.

Noting the possible adverse effects of smoke emanating from firecrackers on children and the elderly, the Chief Minister appealed to people to keep these issues in mind and refrain from setting of crackers.

Officials from the System of Air Quality and weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) centre also observed that bursting of firecrackers during Diwali will shoot up the level of pollution.

Fireworks display during the festive celebrations can cause acute air pollution, raising the concentration of suspended particulate matter and the quantity of Sulphur dioxide and Nitrogen dioxide, which have the potential to cause asthma, bronchitis, chronic respiratory symptoms and
premature deaths.

Yesterday, Environment Minister Imran Hussain wrote to the members of the Delhi Assembly urging them to raise awareness against bursting crackers among the public.

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