RSS doesn't fully agree to cracker ban in Delhi

Henrietta Brewer
October 14, 2017

Every year, the festival of lights - Diwali leaves the air in Delhi thick coupled with deadly smog and suspended particles.

The Supreme Court on Friday will hear a plea by a group of traders seeking modification of its October 9 order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in the Delhi-National Capital Region till November 1.

The district administration has also appealed to the citizens to celebrate Diwali in eco-and-environment-friendly ways.

People have been asked to control sound pollution, check concentration of chemicals in the air, dispose the waste materials in a segregated manner and assist GMC in the matter of waste disposal, and to avoid plastic and polythene during the Diwali celebrations.

They, however, are against the Government imposing a total ban on the sale of firecrackers. "So, we need to ponder over this issue", the RSS leader added.

After the ban, Tripura's Governor Tathagat Roy had tweeted that the order on fireworks was influenced by those artistes and writers who previous year returned their state awards to protest what they called "rising intolerance".

He said students, parents and resident welfare associations (RWAs) have been asked to take a pledge to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly manner and that the best RWA will be given recognition by the administration. "People already afflicted with heart or lung diseases such as asthma become dangerously vulnerable when the air quality turns poor", she said.

"Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh feels that bad effects of bursting firecrackers should be pointed out; but all firecrackers don't spread pollution".

The Supreme Court reiterated today that its ban is only for this Diwali and the intent of the court is to examine the variation in the pollution levels pre and post Diwali.

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