Keeping in mind health, on 9th November National Green Tribunal of India (NGT) decided to announce ban on sale and use of firecracker in the middle of festive season. Diwali is a festival of India that is known for lights and sound. But this season, due to the poor level of air quality in different stactes and seriousness of Covid cases made NGT to declare the total ban on firecrackers.
According to the reports, before acknowledging only the condition of country’s capital, New Delhi, on 4th November National green tribunal considered hearing of pollution cases due to firecracker beyond Delhi region and expanded number of notices. NGT issued notices to 19 other states and union territories, where the AQI (Air quality index) is below normal. States which have banned burning firecrackers are Rajasthan, Odisha, Sikkim, New Delhi, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Meanwhile other states are considering to ban.
Delhi government decided to impose complete ban on sale, buying and bursting of firecracker including green Crackers. The ban is announced for 7 November to 30 November. The decision was taken in presence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal because of the present Covid situation and pollution affecting life of Delhiites. He appealed to people to celebrate Diwali by performing Laxmi puja inside their home. Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai said burning or selling firecracker can make you pay fine up to 1 Lakh rupees ($1342.45).
As per doctors, the current situation is already difficult for people with weak respiratory system and now the pollution level is going up making the condition worse for them. According to Akanksha Ranawat, physiotherapist by profession said, “We are getting more cases of breathing problems, eye irritation, watery eyes, coughing as side effects of pollution in people but the scenario is worse for aged people and who are already suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma, COPD, lung cancer etc. can lead to further respiratory complications.” She further added, “I appreciate this decision of banning firecracker but only if it is implemented properly because lot of shops are still selling them in Delhi.”
Sachin who is selling firecrackers from last 10 years in New Delhi said, “I got the whole stock of firecrackers for the festive season but after hearing this news, I am totally on loss. I can’t sell them. Now who is going to pay for this stock? “
“Although my license has been cancelled by police as per the instructions given to them but I have to get it sell as much as I can. There are still some people who will buy them I Know. Government do come with strategies but it is not easy to apply them on everybody and everywhere”, said Sachin.
On asking about the pollution level, he said, “It is not the first time we are facing such toxic air quality. We are observing it from last few years. Banning firecracker for a month will not change anything. Instead government should take some other strict long-lasting actions to reduce the pollution level.”
While the country is entering into festive season, the national capital recorded 7,745 Covid cases on 9th November which is the highest figure that is witnessed by the country so far. “Due to the excitement of festival in people, they are behaving carelessly and are not following the basic precautions. They must remember, we are still under the threat of this pandemic”, said Akanksha.
Medical experts previously warned about the connection of Covid 19 infection and air pollution. “Respiratory symptoms like trouble in breathing, coughing is one of the crucial symptoms of Covid 19 infection. And as air pollution is worsening each day, which is evident, pollution is making the situation more disastrous to live in”, stated Akanksha.
National capital New Delhi was ranked most polluted city of the world on Tuesday based on air quality data. The AQI was recorded 476. Whereas Chengdu city of China was on second and Lahore of Pakistan was on third. AQI of some places in New Delhi even reached 500 which is clearly harmful for all the living beings. This is not the first time when New Delhi has been on the list during the arrival of winters. Major reasons according to the experts are firecrackers, stubble burning and changing weather.
Akanksha suggested the measures that can be taken care of during this hazardous air quality. She said, “Keeping in mind the current scenario, it is must for people to exercise for at least 45 minutes or 1 hour a day. Full body exercises like stretching, strengthening exercises. People should follow yoga particularly. Breathing exercise should be done to strengthen the respiratory system by increasing the endurance of breathing for making your body immune in a way against the virus. You should train your respiratory system which will not only help in fighting against virus but also will keep you safe from pollution disease.”
Since the decision is imposed by the government, it is assumed people will follow it strictly.
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