Gurgaon residents have a ‘quiet’ Diwali, thanks to the courts
Many residents, who have pets, said they were able to spend time outdoors this year.gurgaon Updated: Oct 20, 2017 21:16 IST
The ban by the Supreme Court on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR and Punjab and Haryana high court restricting the time for bursting firecrackers had a positive impact with most residents claiming that “it was the quietest Diwali” they have ever experienced.
Residents claim firecrackers were burst only sporadically and that too in some parts.
“For once, I could see the stars and the city’s skyline on Diwali and the day after. I am glad the SC implemented the ban on sale of firecrackers in NCR as noise and air pollution in my opinion are not the ideal way to celebrate a festival,” Abhishek Dayal, a resident of Nirvana Country said.
Many residents, who have pets, said they were able to spend time outdoors this year.
“Each Diwali, I have to sit with my dog as the noise is unbearable for her. This year, she had an easier time dealing with the high decibel crackers and it also allowed me some time to spend with my relatives,” Prerna Khanna, a resident of Essel Towers said.
Residents with respiratory issues also said that they had an easier time dealing with the air pollution level.
This Diwali, the suspended particulate matter (PM) 2.5 was five times higher than the permissible limit of 60 microns. Last year, the level was 13 times higher than the permissible limit.
“Although I continued to keep an inhaler in my pocket and wear an oxygen mask on Diwali, there was no instance of uneasiness or discomfort in breathing. I am thankful to the SC and the Punjab and Haryana high court on taking effective steps towards curbing pollution,” Aniket Kapoor, a resident of Westend Heights, said.
Following the court orders, the district administration had issued a nine-point agenda to residents which prohibited the sale of firecrackers, time slot for bursting crackers and banning bursting of firecrackers near fuel stations and silent zones.
“I applaud the Supreme Court for it’s initiative in banning the sale of crackers. As a society, we have to be conscious of our actions and the effect it has on the environment. Compared to last year, there was a huge reduction in the amount of pollution and smoke around DLF Phase-4. My aged mother and my dogs had a much healthier and noise-free Diwali than before. This is how the festival should be celebrated,” Uday Mishra of DLF Phase-4 said.