If you were given a choice, would you celebrate a cracker-less Diwali or would you rather chose to harm the environment and contribute towards the deteriorating quality of the air that we breathe by continuing the use of crackers on the festival?
Whatever your answer is, if you live in Delhi or nearby areas, you surely don’t get to choose from the above, because the Supreme Court has already made the decision for you and has completely banned the selling of crackers till November 1.
Each year, the level of air pollution keeps increasing due to various reasons, crackers being one of them. Last Diwali, the pollution level in Delhi was said to be the worst in 10 years. It was after the festival that the Supreme Court, responding to a 2015 petition by three children aged between six years and 14 months, banned the sale of crackers.
Following a petition filed last year, which flagged the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali, the court had put a stop on the sale of fireworks in November last year, within the Nation Capital Region.
While the ban will help protect the environment from pollution, it will also take away the livelihood of many, and due to this the court had only temporarily suspended the ban, last month. The court stated that a complete ban would be an extreme step.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision that was supposed to be given today is against the livelihood and supports the environment. The court today said it wants to test the effect of banning firecrackers on air quality after Diwali, the festival of lights which is celebrated by millions across India by bursting crackers and lighting lamps.