Mumbai, Oct. 19 -- The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has recommended banning three types of firecrackers this Diwali for violating noise rules.

In a first for Maharashtra, MPCB will be monitoring air quality and dust pollution to check for chemical compounds (in the air) from October 20 till Diwali (October 27) and for the next seven days (till November 3) across 18 cities in Maharashtra, including Mumbai.

"This will give us an idea about the impact of external emissions, such as firecrackers and banned chemicals in them, on our health," said VM Motghare, joint director (air quality), MPCB. In all, 23 air quality stations in Maharashtra will have real time data with 13 in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

In the annual pre-Diwali ...