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