In a bid to curb air and noise pollution, the Goa government on Monday announced a restricted schedule for the bursting of firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali, keeping in sight the directives of the Supreme Court. The allotted timing for the bursting of crackers is slated from 4.30 AM to 5.30 AM and from 7 PM to 8 PM, strictly only on the 14th of November.
Strict vigilance in Goa
In a press release by the Department of Environment, it was stated, "For Diwali festival on November 15 and 16 in Goa, the timings to burst firecrackers shall be strictly restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm only," The statement further added, "Police station incharges shall be fully responsible for the implementation of the Supreme Court directions in this regard in their respective jurisdictions."
Major efforts towards curtailing pollution during Diwali is being executed by cities pan-India and even the sale of green crackers, has taken over the Diwali markets this year. Especially during this pandemic, air pollution could possibly lead to added respiratory distress in victims and cause other illnesses amidst the citizens, so this reform was surely imperative. If you're taking part in the celebrations, do remember to wear your mask because it will be effective in filtering the smoke and there are other obvious benefits as well. Social distancing is an absolute must.