After the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict on the ban on firecrackers, it is clear the Diwali of 2018 will be different from the previous years’ celebrations. India will witness a firecracker less Diwali this year, with rules and regulations imposed due to a steep increase in the levels of pollution.
Ruling over the petitions on a complete ban on crackers, the Supreme Court imposed certain rules on the use of firecrackers.
The list of the rules starts with restrictions on when one can burst crackers. The SC did not give permission to burst the firecrackers all the time, but set 2 hours for the same. The time slots will be the decision of the states under given hours during Diwali.
The ban on firecrackers is going to be effective not just for Diwali, but for Christmas and New Year as well. According to the ruling by the Supreme Court, people will not be allowed to burst crackers on Christmas and New Year for more than half an hour.
Highlighting the markets which are available for the purchase of firecrackers, e commerce platforms are completely banned from selling firecrackers and the authority was given solely to the licensed vendors. The use of crackers which make the most noise, like Ladis or chain crackers, is strictly prohibited.
Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) is the main highlight this year as the Supreme Court has put in places some special rules regarding the use of crackers. The Court suggested the use of green crackers, as opposed to the existing crackers. In addition, Delhi will witness a community gathering for bursting firecrackers in previously assigned areas.
Station House Officers (SHO) will be deployed with the responsibility to ensure no one violates any of the given rules in their jurisdictions.
How will the rules help?
This is one of the major questions with regard to the upcoming Diwali celebrations.
Speaking about the rules, it can be said the verdict will resolve the huge problem of pollution, faced by the cities during the festive seasons.
The verdict will help to maintain a balance and eliminate issues due to pollution.
According to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO,) in the list of 15 most polluted cities, 14 cities are from India. Standing at the top of this list is Kanpur, followed by Faridabad, Varanasi, Gaya, Patna, Delhi, Lucknow, Agra, Muzzafarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur respectively.
With the decided measures, we will look forward towards a safe and pollution less Diwali.