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Golden Temple says no to fire crackers


Avneet Teja,CNN-IBN
Oct 26, 2008 at 04:22pm IST

Amritsar: Every year, Diwali at the Golden Temple, Amritsar means a visual delight with fireworks worth lakhs of rupees being burst over four to five hours. But, in the process, this cracker spectacle causes irreparable damage to the architectural marvel that the temple.

With toxic and corrosive gases such as sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen being emitted by the bursting crackers harm the architecture of the Golden Temple. So, this Diwali, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee or the SGPC is trying to ensure that these celebrations do not become a cause of concern.

“This year we have decided not to use any ground firecrackers. No chakris and anaars, only fireworks will be used which burst atleast 30-40 feet above the temple complex,” says President SGPC Avtar Singh Makkar.

Devotees too have welcomed this step taken by the SGPC even though they would be missing out on the cracker of a spectacle that it usually is.

“This year we’ll only use rockets and not ground crackers so there will be less pollution,” says a deovotee Surjit Kaur.

“SDPC has decided that there will be less fire crackers this year which means there will be a respite from pollution,” says another devotee Tejwant Singh.

But fire crackers or not, devotees will stay in the temple to celebrate Diwali.

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