Ban on Firecrackers during Diwali – Good step?

ban on firecrackers during diwali

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  • In 2017, three fathers filed a petition in Supreme court (SC) to ban the use of firecrackers as they are worried about the impact of deteriorating air quality on the health of their children. In that year, the SC imposed a ban on selling firecrackers in Delhi, which accounts for 25% of the firecrackers market.
  • In 2018, SC ruled out the blanket ban and allowed the use of firecrackers between 8 pm to 10 pm during Diwali, other festivals and weddings. And it also allowed their use from 11:55 pm to 12:30 pm on Christmas & New year. SC permitted the sale of green firecrackers in Delhi. Online sale of firecrackers is banned.

In Favour – Firecrackers should be banned:

  • These firecrackers are one of the main reason for alarmingly increased air pollutions in the country.
  • The crackers regulated in the market comprises of chemical components like saltpetre, carbon and sulphur. When these are ignited altogether, hazardous oxides of gases are emitted which causes suffocation, reduces visibility and other health hazards. Medical experts state that the air gets contaminated with toxic gases and remains for days after Diwali. The toxic elements that reach the lungs, cannot be removed thereafter and can cause grave health issues. This will cause long-term effects on children.
  • The animal kingdom which mainly includes the domestic cats and dogs in the urban areas suffer serious traumas from the booms of the crackers. To spare them from these sudden bombarding noises, the ban on firecrackers will be a benefit to them.
  • As the sale of firecrackers falls, the markets for other Diwali products like sweets, diyas, lights or garments sky-rise all the more. The vendors of these products can make a profit in the maximum of their ability.
  • These days high-decibel firecrackers are the hype. This is causing a lot of noise pollution and may impact hearing ability.
  • Banning of firecrackers in some places currently having pollution at its peak like Delhi-NCR will obviously bring down the poisonous emission of gases which has deadly effects on the entire balanced ecosystem. The highest level of the particulate matter recorded in Delhi was 2.5 in the year 2016, which indeed made Delhi the most polluted city in the world in terms of air pollution. The “Central Pollution Control Board” also stated that the level of sulphur dioxide in the air gets tremendously high between 9 p.m. till midnight during Deepavali.

Against – Firecrackers should be banned:

  • Almost 3 lakh people were employed under the firecracker industry in these places, and 5 lakh people in packaging, transporting, distributing and selling these crackers. Thus, the ban would also mean huge unemployment in these states.
  • Bursting crackers on Diwali has always been on the to-do-list in every family. A Deepavali without firecrackers will definitely be a cut-down in entertainment and recreation for the kids, as well as the elders.
  • with the ban, the religious sentiments get triggered too. In 2017, the Hindu community raised questions on the ban of Christmas trees on Christmas, or slaughter of lamb on Eid, or colours on Holi etc., thinking it to be against their communal practices.

Conclusion:

Burning of firecrackers during Diwali is increasing exponentially year by year. An increasing number of middle-class families, growth of consumeristic attitudes, population growth are all contributing to the increasing usage of firecrackers. Restrictions on high-decibel and highly polluting firecrackers are a reminder to everyone on the noise and air pollution caused by burning firecrackers.

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8 comments

  1. I seriously can’t understand why religious sentiments are hurt for few proponents of fire works. Never in mythology they celebrated it with fire works. Lighting traditional diyas in lengthier rows is how they welcomed Ram, Sita and Lakshman while they came to Ayodhya. There were no thousand walas or any such disturbing stuff those days. Living in harmony with mother earth is one of main principles of our Sanathan Dharma. On diwali children can still enjoy with sweets, celebrate by family get togethers, lighting diyas, assisting elders in puja etc.

  2. It is traditional festival… children’s enjoy every-moment once in 365 days… there should not be ban… may bring down sound of crackers…. this is not acceptable….. I will tell people against this verdict are lazy fellows…since no active to fire crackers

  3. According to me Ban on firecracker it’s a very good steps.Diwali is the festival of lights , people decorate their house by the various types of lights, lit diyas , distribution of sweets etc .if people don’t use firecracker then also people will enjoy. Actually we have been suffering air pollution and noise pollution. Brusting firecracker it creates huge gas and as a result it damages the balance of our ecosystem.People have been suffering various types of desease like breathing problem ,lung problem etc. One’s happiness should not create others suffering. Ban on firecracker it’s good otherwise when people they lit firecracker many people burnt and on the day of Diwali people use firecracker but the gas emissions remains for some days. So Supreme court has given verdict Ban on firecracker its very good.

  4. Ban on firecrackers is definitely a good step, considering the climatic condition of Delhi, if ban is properly exercised. Now this might bring financial shortage to the middle class distributors of the firecracker in time of festival when expanses are more. Before putting up such a ban government must convey the idea of ban to people and convince them to make it successful move.

  5. According to my opinion Ban on firecracker is good thing for us and environment also.Because of burning firecrackers lot of co2 and other poisonous gases are released into environment.Which causes much more destruction.Which decreases the lifespan of the Earth.

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