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Delhi firecracker ban sparks change, many in Mumbai go green this Diwali

Several families across Mumbai who have opted to use the money that they spend on crackers for a social cause instead

mumbai Updated: Oct 17, 2017 00:10 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
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Members of Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness display placards promoting pollution-free Diwali.(HT Photo)

The Parekhs, who live in Tardeo, usually celebrate Diwali by bursting firecrackers and donating a few of their old clothes at the Babulnath Temple. This year, however, they decided to do something different.

“We would buy crackers for my sister because she was fond of them. But, this year she asked us to not buy them after she read about the cracker ban in Delhi and heard more about the issue from me,” said Krutikk Parekh, Zumba instructor.

Parekh said the family has experienced air and noise pollution at Marine Drive and Worli Seaface on Diwali, which they took into account while deciding to celebrate in an eco-friendly manner. “The judiciary’s move was a welcome one. We are just trying to adapt to it,” Krutikk added.

The Parekhs are just one of several families across the city who have opted to use the money that they spend on crackers for a social cause instead.

When the Children’s Movement For Civic Awareness (CMCA) conducted an awareness campaign at Shri Balaji International School in Malad last week, more than a 100 students pledged to have a green Diwali this year.

“We put up a skit to talk about an eco-friendly Diwali. Firecrackers not only cause air pollution, but its industry also employs child labourers, who are exposed to serious health hazards,” said Shirin Mehta, programme officer, CMCA.

On Monday morning, authorities at Thane Society for Protection of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) met two students who had decided to contribute their pocket money towards the welfare of animals.

Debashish Mazumdar, vice president, Thane SPCA, said that over the years, he has noticed an increasing awareness among young people.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 00:09 IST