In order to keep pollution level low this Diwali, the Delhi government has decided to use social networking site Facebook to reach out to people. The environment department of the government has come up with a page on Facebook —‘Dil Se Diwali’ — asking people to say no to crackers.
To spread the message across the city, the government has also tied up with a company, whose staff — around 500 people — will make rounds of schools in Delhi to create awareness among students.
“They will make rounds of all the government and private schools. Apart from creating awareness, they will also ask students to take a pledge to say ‘no to crackers’ and the students who will pledge, will be given a wristband,” said Keshav Chandra, environment secretary, Delhi government.
The department has also designed special flyers and pamphlets asking Delhiites to refrain from bursting crackers, which will be distributed by volunteers across the city.
In addition to this, 50-odd persons will also make rounds of Metro stations and create awareness among people. “A Metro station is one of the most frequented places in the city, which is why we have chosen them as one of the places,” said a senior Delhi government official. The Delhi government has been trying to keep the pollution level low this Diwali by banning bursting of firecrackers after 10pm.
Apart from this, a police team from the environment department will also be deployed in various areas to check bursting of firecrackers after the deadline.
The Delhi Police, too, have started a drive against those who have been selling firecrackers illegally. On Monday, two people were arrested and more than 2,700 kg of firecrackers were seized from them.