While firecrackers are not the only factor, last year our country saw alarming levels of air pollution towards the end of the year. In order to curb pollution, the Supreme Court had suspended all licenses that permitted sale, wholesale and retail of firecrackers in the Delhi on November 11. However, on September 12 this year the ban was relaxed.

It must be mentioned here that citizens of Delhi have been suffering the impact of dangerously high pollution levels every year post-Diwali up till spring season. During Diwali night last year, the city’s air pollution levels were 14-16 times beyond the safe limits. Seeing that the condition was not getting better, some schools even suspended classes, visibility was down to 200 mt, environmentalists called it an emergency and the government received criticism for not being able to help the situation.

The court’s decision is well-intentioned but hardly implementable. Given the popularity of bursting firecrackers on Diwali, people will find ways to obtain them. True, air pollution levels had dangerously spiked after Diwali last year and The Supreme Court had imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers last November the court has taken down that order now.

Firecrackers, merely for the sake of entertainment, emit nitrogen dioxide, Sulphur dioxide and particulate matter which are so minute that they have theability to get lodged in the lung and can even enter the bloodstream. Patients of asthma and other respiratory disorders report discomfort and worsening of conditions during Diwali.

High amount of noise pollution created by firecrackers can cause temporary and sometimes permanent hearing impairment. Other problems that people of old age face on Diwali nights are sleeping disorders, restlessness, rise in blood pressure, and even heart attacks.

Lives are lost and some are maimed for the rest of their life. Playing with fire, the most hazardous element of nature cannot be fun for everyone especially when every nook and corner of the country joins to emit Sulphur and Nitrite together the whole night.

The day next to Diwali witnesses burnt garbage which is usually toxic elements such as magnesium and phosphorus.

Crores are spent every year in these burnt fire crackers which ultimately go towards contaminating the natural resources and sometimes properties and lives are lost too due to accidents from these firecrackers.

Let each one of us take a pledge this Diwali to say NO CRACKERS to firecrackers and invest in a safe and greener future.Diwali is the festival of lights and we must enlighten our lives with the sparkle of joy and goodwill, forget past grievances and look ahead forward for a brighter and happier future.

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