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Noida: Residents look at healthy options to celebrate Diwali

Residents said the ban on cracker sale has given them an opportunity to save money spent earlier on shopping for fireworks

noida Updated: Oct 14, 2017 22:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Families are looking to ditch fireworks and shop for more decorative items this Diwali.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

The residents of Noida are looking forward to a pollution- and noise-free Diwali this year. Most of the families are going to use the money kept aside for crackers in buying different lights and gifts for their children. A majority of the people in Noida have welcomed the Supreme Court order banning sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR.

People are also looking at the ban as way of saving money, which used to get they spent on buying crackers.

“Every family will save at least Rs 3,000 this year because of the ban on the sale of crackers. It will be too much to ask if people are expected to do social work with that money, but I am sure families will be in a better position to buy better gifts for their children and loved ones,” said Sanjeev Kumar, a resident and general secretary of Resident’s Welfare Association of Sector 51 Noida.

Mothers are happy with the ban and are looking for options to replace crackers with gifts for children.

“I am not sure what can replace crackers for children but it is a great move by the Supreme Court. Last year, my children and family suffered because of the pollution caused by the bursting of crackers. I am happy that this year, my children will have a safe and healthy Diwali,” said Dr Shilpa Vig, a resident of Sector 137.

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“May be, I will buy those noise-making (chemical free) artificial guns for my children,” said Vij.

Another mother also said she is happy about the ban on crackers.

“My son is only three-and-a-half years old and last Diwali, we couldn’t even take him out because of the pollution. Children love lights and meeting friends but to avoid the harmful pollution, we had to keep him inside. This year, we will take him out to show him the lightings. We will get him hot balloons to replace the craze for crackers. My family is very happy with the apex court’s ban on sale of crackers,” said Sonal Dhand, resident of Sector 137.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 22:26 IST