Port City’s civic groups and environmental artists welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling of ordering the restriction of the use of Diwali crackers. The Supreme Court had set a limit for bursting firecrackers on Diwali which will fall on November 7 and the limit is for 2 hours from 8 pm to 10 pm.
The petition had said that the state should be given permission between 4.30 am to 6.30 am as well.
Supreme Court which is also known as the Top court declared that ” All states except New Delhi can use existing stock of firecrackers” and also it added enforcing the ruling will be a challenge.
Delhi and its neighboring areas should switch to “green crackers” to keep the pollution levels in check.
E.A.S. Sarma, convenor of the Forum for Better Visakha and a former Union expenditure secretary said that it’s a good idea to set this rule as it helps to reduce noise and air pollution.
Diwali is celebrated with great vigor all across the nation. Bursting firecrackers is a tradition on Diwali, but it creates havoc for both human and animal life.
Firecrackers can cause hearing loss, high blood pressure, sleeping disturbances and sudden exposure to loud noise can cause temporary or permanent deafness or even result in a heart attack. Nausea and mental impairment are also some of the side effects of firecrackers.
Sohan Hatangadi, an environmental activist said that the decision of the Supreme Court will be the best order as it cuts down the use of fireworks which causes pollution.
Sarma said that the Supreme ruling had set many rules like clay Lord Ganesha’s should only be used for Vinayaka Chavithi which was accepted by everyone and created good results in decreasing the land and water pollution caused by chemicals for statues, and now the court ruling on the firecrackers should also have a salutary effect on fireworks usage patterns for usage.
Hatangadi said that many people think that mosquitos will be wiped out through the smoke of firecrackers, but is just a lame and silly reason which is for no use. People can instead eliminate mosquitos in many other ways.
He said, “It would be best if Diwali revelers gave up bursting noisy firecrackers, instead they can use sparklers.
The Supreme Court said that the directions on the ban on the sale of firecrackers through e-commerce websites will apply across the country.
However, Visakhapatnam welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling and Sarma said that people who go against this rule will be challenged by the Law and orders. Also, he stated that the authorities will be hard-pressed to put a stop to the noisy celebration with the burning of fireworks after 10 pm.