Cautioning Delhiites against air and noise pollution caused by fire crackers, many environmental organisations have advised them to celebrate an "eco-sensitive" Diwali by saying no to crackers this year.
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has appealed to the people "to act reasonably and prove themselves as better citizens by celebrating an environment-safe Diwali.
"Instead of adding to the pollution, we should enjoy sweets and delicacies with friends and families because we all deserve clean air to breathe and a calm environment to enjoy beautifully lit houses," said S K Tyagi, a senior scientist at CPCB.
"This year, we have launched many campaigns to spread awareness against various health and other hazards resulting from the bursting of firecrackers during the festival.
"We will deploy our monitoring team at 16 places in Delhi to collect data on noise and air pollution on the day of Diwali and make sure that guidelines regarding the use of firecrackers are being followed in those areas," Tyagi said.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has also asked the denizens to save environment by avoiding crackers this year.