SC says only green crack­ers on Di­wali. But wait, what’s that?

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

Tak­ing a tough stand against the ris­ing pol­lu­tion in the cap­i­tal, the supreme court has or­dered that only ‘green crack­ers’ will be al­lowed dur­ing Di­wali be­tween 8 pm–10 pm in Delhi NCR. It terms crack­ers which emit less toxic gases and cause low sound pol­lu­tion as ‘green’. How­ever, the SC breather has left fire­works whole­salers and con­sumers con­fused as the def­i­ni­tion of a ‘green cracker’ is quite vague. The con­sumers are clue­less from where to buy these crack­ers and how they will dif­fer­en­ti­ate a green cracker from a non-green one. The or­der has even left many fire­works man­u­fac­tur­ers gasp­ing for breath. They say that the SC rul­ing has come a lit­tle too late as this year’s stock is al­ready ready. With Di­wali only a few weeks away, the ven­dors are afraid that the SC rul­ing would make their stocks re­dun­dant. More­over, fresh stocks of green crack­ers can­not be man­u­fac­tured in such a short time. The po­lice is equally wor­ried about the ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SC or­der, as door-to-door check is im­pos­si­ble. One also won­ders why a de­ci­sion on green crack­ers was taken af­ter var­i­ous Ra­vana ef­fi­gies were burnt dur­ing Dussehra cel­e­bra­tion in the city, which is more of a po­lit­i­cal dis­play. Till then one has to pre­pare for the fes­ti­val by hold­ing their breath for two hours – if the law abid­ing ci­ti­zens burst crack­ers within the two-hour win­dow only.

Ashish asthana

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