If you are a Delhite, the smoke-filled sky takes the sheen off the festival of lights. In fact, over the years, the post-Diwali pollution blanket has become thicker and thicker. But now firecrackers are banned and law enforcement is ready to keep it tight. And here’s a chance for us to contribute to the cause of cleaner skies and a healthier tomorrow.
With Diwali 2019 approaching, Delhi fears going breathless under the smoke from firecrackers. Many laws against the sickening pollution are being sculpted for a few years now. If everything goes as planned, 2019 might prove to be the year when Delhi fights back to the ever-rising pollution with full force.
You have the opportunity to turn vigilante and ensure that the quality of the air we all breathe in, stays healthy.
How to fight pollution on Diwali 2019? Here is how you can be a firecracker vigilante
With new apps, hotlines and green firecrackers, here is how you can be a good Samaritan and celebrate the true spirit of the festival of lights this year.
#1 AAP app
To fight back the increasing air pollution, go to the “Swachh Delhi” application. But how does an app curb air pollution? This app introduced by the AAP government gives a citizen the opportunity to complain against pollution creating activities.
These include burning of dry leaves, plastic or old tyres, ignored garbage dumps, and vehicles exponentially adding to air pollution. So, if you find firecrackers or any other activity that directly leads to air pollution in Diwali 2019, you can take a snap and share.
Plans can only be executed in the true sense (at ground level) with the help of the citizens. So, if you are planning to avoid poisonous air this year, do not delay in downloading the Swachh Delhi app. It is easily available on the Google Play Store.
#2 Green Firecrackers, Greener Laws
Fret not, green firecrackers are here to the rescue. And they are quiet. The variety of firecrackers is limited to only two for Diwali 2019. Only these two types have been declared legal- the green ‘anaar’ and the green ‘phuljhari’. And both of these types say a strict no to noise pollution.
But how does one recognise the green firecrackers?
Well, a special official stamp distinguishes them. This includes a QR Code and a government stamp. Union Minister, Harshavardhan explained, “These crackers will have 25 to 30 percent less of particulate matter and 50 percent less sulphur-dioxide.”
Not just the type, but the laws will also dictate where and when one can burn crackers. Firecrackers can only be burst in designated areas in community events. And for festive days (the closest one being Diwali 2019) the timings for bursting firecrackers are strictly limited to 8 pm to 10 pm. Breaching the timeline or other associated rules could result in jail time.
#3 Sameer and the hotlines
Delhi Police is equally vexed with the swelling levels of pollution because of uncontrolled firecrackers during the festival of light. So, if you are planning to turn vigilante and combat against the black clouds on Diwali 2019, you are not alone.
Use (without misusing) the hotlines to report illegal firecrackers or any other activity that might add up to polluting Diwali 2019 for Delhi
Not only this but the Central Board of Pollution Control’s portal can also be used to file any such complaints against air pollution. CBPC’s app, Sameer, is a means to register any such complaints.
If due to any reasons none of these ways work out to fight pollution on Diwali 2019; you can reach out to the two bodies via their social media handles. You can either tweet to Delhi Police here or to Central Pollution Control Board here. As citizens it is equally our responsibility to complaint against pollution causing acts this Diwali.
Delhi Police and CPCB are active, are you?
The police are on a constant lookout for offenders who either burn non-green firecrackers or sell them. Different offences will invite different charges.
Moreover, Delhi Police and CPCB have geared up to catch miscreants. Police teams will patrol Delhi proactively looking for delinquents 24*7.
The authorities are already on high alert. So, join hands to fight against the common enemy. Complaint against air pollution causing acts. Let’s leave pollution out of breath before it takes the breath out of our city.
Diwali 2019: Let’s burn the firecrackers out and make the city breathe again