New Delhi: It's the day after Diwali on Wednesday and the pollution control board will release it's data on pollution levels. Experts have warned that crackers would add to toxin levels in the atmosphere and cause the smog around the National Capital Region to return.
People in the national capital celebrated Diwali with a loud bang. While the Supreme Court had in 2005 put a ban on the use of firecrackers after 10 pm on Diwali night, many people burst crackers even after 11 pm. Many households expressed helplessness as there was no stopping those who continued to burst crackers till late night.
However, in 2012, there has been a dip in the sale of firecrackers. When CNN-IBN spoke to some shopkeepers, they said that the dip was because of anti-cracker campaigns and also because people did not want to spend much on expensive crackers.
There were also those who are celebrating Diwali in an eco-friendly manner, like businessman Varun Kumar and his wife Jyoti, who decided not to burn crackers this year and to celebrate by lighting diyas instead. "Crackers cause a lot of air pollution and are bad for health. So we are not bursting crackers. We want to inculcate this in our children as well. Instead, we are lighting diyas, candles and having dinner," Varun said.
But despite efforts, there is noise and smoke in the air after Diwali. The question as to how green this Diwali will be answered once the central pollution control board analyses and reveals the data on air quality.