“The pollution level has decreased by 15% from 2009 to 2010 and this year we are determined to further bring it down,” said Pradeep Yadav, regional officer, Haryana State Pollution Control Board.
During their awareness drive in schools, the department officials will also distribute bags made of cloth to encourage students to shun plastic bags while shopping for Diwali.
Diwali is a time when pollution level shoots up, making it difficult for the city residents, especially elderly people, to even breathe. But this time, officials of the pollution control department would visit different schools and ask students to avoid crackers and enjoy the festival with lights.
“We are asking school administrations and students to join hands in cutting down pollution level of the city,” Yadav said. “We need to understand that we can celebrate without crackers. When we know that our gesture is creating problem not only for us but for others too then how we can we become so insensitive?” said Vivek Kamboj, who runs NGO ‘Haryali’.