A day after showing concern over environment degradation, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on Sunday announced to curtail time period of using fireworks at Golden Temple for celebrations of birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on Monday to 10 minutes.
The SGPC, which used to burn firecrackers on occasions like Diwali and Gurpurb from 20 to 30 minutes, is also looking for an alternative in order to keep the shrine premises pollution-free. This year on Diwali, firecrackers were only used for 10 minutes.
Talking to Hindustan Times, SGPC additional secretary Diljit Bedi said, “We have taken the decision in order to ensure that pollution level around the shrine comes down. We will also ensure that the fireworks used on Gurpurb are those that emit lesser pollutants.”
Bedi said people from all over the world reach the shrine to see the fireworks on Diwali and Gurpurb, but the harmful effect of the firecrackers has made is important for them to take the decision.
On Saturday’s executive meeting of the SGPC, the committee chief, Kirpal Singh Badungar, had said that the SGPC will work towards betterment of environment. He had added the SGPC will also tag along environmentalists Baba Sewa Singh and Balbir Singh Seechewal to work for the cause.