Delhi Police brace up to impose 2-hour window on bursting of crackers

While the Supreme Court had imposed constraints on the sale and bursting of crackers in a bid to keep a check on the air pollution in the national capital of Delhi, the Delhi police are now bracing itself to so as to monitor the situation.

The Delhi air quality termed to be “severe” is estimated to surge further as people burst crackers at large so as to celebrate the festival. The Delhi police spokesperson Madhur Verma stated, “We are fully prepared. We have formed various teams which will be deployed on Diwali day to monitor the situation. Policemen would be deployed in plainclothes too”.

As per the police, around 3, 847 kg of illegal firecrackers have been seized from different areas of the city since 23rd October.

Imran Hussain, Delhi Environment Minister, requested the people of the city to celebrate a clean, green and crackers-free Diwali so as to contribute to the control the quality of air.

As a matter of fact, e-commerce websites like Amazon and Flipkart have been strictly directed not to sell firecrackers and fireworks online and any attempt to do so will attract strict action from the court that includes monetary penalization.

Whereas the court has put a constraint on the sale of conventional firecrackers, it has permitted “green firecrackers” to be burst on Diwali. Made by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in collaboration with eight other government laboratories, the “green crackers” are said to be 30 per cent less polluting than conventional firecrackers.

On the other hand, the experts say that the green crackers only alleviate the effect of pollution, however, they do not eradicate the problem of it. KK Aggarwal, former president of Indian Medical Association says, “Green cracker is still a cracker. By using these sought of crackers you can only reduce the effects of pollution but cannot eradicate air pollution. At present, we need total elimination of the harmful effects of air pollution”.

Terming the situation in Delhi to be alarming, he added, “There is a flood of pollution waves in Delhi. This can only be tackled if the all the political parties come together take necessary action instead of playing the blame game”.


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