Delhi says no to fireworks during IPL matches

Published: Monday, May 5, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Delhi would be happy if Sehwag plays a firework-like innings but no real fireworks, please. Delhi environement department has demanded IPL organisers to ban fireworks during Indian Premier League matches at Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi as it cause severe air and noice pollution.

"The area is a silent zone and Ferozeshah Kotla is a historical monument. With LNJP hospital next door, it is the most inappropriate place for fireworks. We have requested that firecrackers should not be allowed as they add to noise and air pollution.'' said J K Dadoo, secretary (environment) in a letter written to the Delhi&District Cricket Association (DDCA).

S P Bansal, general secretary, DDCA, said the letters have been forwarded to GMR, owners of the Delhi Daredevils. ''GMR will have to seek permission from the environment department if it wants to burst any crackers,'' he said.

The first IPL match at Kotla on April 19 saw 15-minutedisplay of fireworks. The environment department said thousands of cricket enthusiasts were subjected to harmful chemicals during the show, which left a curtain of smoke in the air.

The department said the second match on April 30, between the home team and Bangalore Royal Challengers, had more brazen flouting of environment laws. Apparently, with every ball bowled, a cracker was lit. This forced the department to take a stern stand. On Monday, it will also write to GMR.

There are five more IPL matches scheduled to be held in Delhi. The next match at Kotla is on May 8 when Delhi Daredevils play Team Chennai.


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