Given the rise in air pollution after burning crackers on the occasion of kali puja and Diwali, this year the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a ban on selling and burning of firecrackers in Delhi NCR and other towns/cities where the air condition is “poor” or below average. This ban will be imposed from November 9 midnight and will continue up to November 30 midnight. The 5000 crores fireworks industry cries foul!
It was a long due necessary step
In the past few years, we have seen how the air quality has dropped down in Delhi NCR and other cities after the Diwali fire crackers were burnt in enormous numbers. There was nothing that could be done to keep a check on this ritual. Hence, for years, the air quality dropped down below average after every Diwali. That is why, this year, even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, strict regulations are imposed so that the people do not suffer from any kind of negative impacts after the festival of lights.
Fireworks business likely to get affected massively
The Indian fireworks industry is a massive business during Diwali. The total turnover crosses almost 5000 crores and that’s huge. The traders and manufacturers wait for the entire year for this one festival so that they can see a hike in their business. But this year, due to the ban imposed on both selling and buying of firecrackers, the traders cry foul. They see massive losses in their business this year. They already incurred many losses due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown conditions, and now they have to face more traumas.
The move invited several Political and religious agenda
Some people are questioning this move and instigating a political and religious agenda on this decision. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has questioned this and a spokesperson said, “I want to ask everybody who puts restrictions or bans on our festival by one means or another whether these firecrackers will not lead to pollution later on? Why ban or restrict them during Hindu festivals? Why not ban them throughout?” He argues that Delhi already has low air quality and it is not because of just burning firecrackers. Amidst these controversies, the Supreme Court sticks to the decision of imposing the ban
The PolicyTimes suggestions
- This is a brave move by the NGT as it will keep a close check of the environmental conditions post Diwali. It is yet to be seen how this ban is imposed as keeping the enthusiastic youth out of the ritual of burning firecrackers during the festivities of Diwali is a bit of a tough task.
- The common people of the areas where the air quality is below average must be well aware of the fact that they have to live in those air quality conditions if they burn the firecrackers during Diwali. Thus, they must be conscious about the same and rather than the ban, they themselves must stop using firecrackers in their area.