Every year during the period of Diwali National Capital Region gets eclipsed by a thick smog of deadly gases formed due to the burning of stubble by farmers in the neighboring areas of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Millions of tonnes of agricultural stubble are burnt every year in North India due to the lack of proper disposal facilities.
The treacherous practice is going on despite the ban on crop burning by National Green Tribunal since 2015 due to lack of law enforcement by the authorities. Ghastly memories of the last year’s smothering smog are still fresh in everyone’s mind and now Supreme Court has again banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR region. It has canceled all the licenses given by Delhi Police to sell firecrackers.
— Tarun Agarwal (@tarunagarwal90) October 9, 2017
People are calling it an effective step to check on sound and air pollution during the mega-festival but everyone is not convinced. Netizens took a dig at Supreme Court’s abrupt ban in several ways.
And Chetan Bhagat was among the first celebrities to react.
Diwali is 1 day, 0.27% of year. pollution comes from 99.6% days of poor planning and regulation. Fix that. Not make 1 religion feel guilty.
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 9, 2017
Your examples of practices integral to those observances; banning them would be like banning lamps onDiwali. Firecrackers are unholy add-ons
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) October 9, 2017
So we as an adults can't control the mess we have created so we will control children & reduce world pollution in 4 days. Great #crackerban
— Abhishek (@abhishekgite) October 9, 2017
Appreciate the #crackerban but I wish this ban had come sooner so that the cracker industry could find alternate means of earning.
— Abhiraj Thapar (@abhiraj06) October 9, 2017
— Raushan Raj (@AskRaushan) October 9, 2017