Will firecrackers ban curb pollution in Delhi? Action on big polluters still a myth!

The Supreme Court’s decision of banning sale of firecrackers in the National Capital Region has been the topic of discussion recently keeping in mind that the festival of lights Diwali celebrated with a great delight across the country especially north India.

The move has been made to keep rising pollution levels in check but decision comes so close to the festival on October 19 that makes it enormously hard for authorities to implement it.

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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 last week.

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 bio-mass as per a report by IIT Kanpur.

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The use of diesel generators is common in most parts of NCR to recompense for acute shortage of electricity. It is frequent to find large capacity generators in malls, hotels, hospitals, and apartment complexes among others which add to the rising PM10 levels.

Another area of concern is construction which 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 these.

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