Posted 13 Oct 2017 04:59 PM

Diwali the festival of lights seems to be in a fading stage this year due to the impulsive and prompt decision taken by the Supreme Court just nine days prior to the Festival. Whereas people were preparing for the Festival with a lot of exuberance and they didn’t expect such decision to hinder their excitement.
Supreme Court passed such decision in order to control and maintain the pollution levels. As pollution levels plunge massively during Diwali week. The immediate decision by SC will give rise to various complications. As per reports, this could lead to losses to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore as NCR makes up almost 20-25% of the total firecracker market in the country. Most manufacturers take orders from traders in advance and the bulk of supplies are made in the in the last week before Diwali.

The air quality in NCR is at most affected for a week by firecrackers during a period of 52 weeks. The remainder weeks witness high pollution levels mainly due to road-dust, vehicular pollution and burning of biomass as per a report by IIT Kanpur.
The use of diesel generators is prevalent in most parts of NCR to compensate for an acute shortage of electricity. It is common to find large capacity generators in malls, hotels, hospitals, and apartment complexes among others which add to the rising PM10 levels. Construction is a roaring business in NCR and most of the brick supply comes from kilns from areas like Noida, Ghaziabad, and Sohna which also add to the pollution. There is no uniform policy among Delhi, UP and Haryana to deal with these problems.

The court order goes against the popular cultural sentiments around Diwali. Even though the court has gone solely by facts that the period around Diwali witnesses extremely high levels of pollutants, religion invariably finds its way into the discussion. Social media is full of comparisons in which people are questioning the reasoning behind this decision. Some find it akin to banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid.
People are giving SC decision an emotional and traditional angle. Whereas SC could have given a month or two notice before the festival to curb the situation. Traders are protesting as per them this is their only season to earn good amount of money and this is the main business making season which seems to hit by the decision.

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