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Dilli and Diwali

With the festival of lights approaching and the smog over the Delhi sky growing, there is not much one can do but hope that they’d ban crackers this Diwali.

The smog cannot be dismissed as a mere weather phenomenon as there is minimal dip in the temperature.

Environmentalists are blaming high levels of air pollution in the city for triggering the smog. Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna has attributed the smog and the poor air quality to growing vehicular pollution. On the other hand the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit denied vehicular pollution being the reason and blamed the burning of straw by farmers in the neighbouring states of Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Following this the Delhi government has enforced a ban on the burning of leaves and garbage in the city. Anyone found violating the ban will face a fiver year jail term and a fine of Rs.One lakh.


The Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), has said that it will push for strict monitoring of pollution norms. Vehicles will be checked at five entry points into Delhi.

Smog is not uncommon for Delhi winters but this year it hit sooner and was more severe.

Lack of wind caused the dust particles and other matter to hang in the air.

The most blamed is the rising emission level from the ever increasing number of vehicles.

With the government already taking measures to check the rising pollution, it is time for the locals to take steps to help and not add to the smog which is clearly a health hazard, this Diwali.

Though notices in public interest against the burning of crackers have been  issued for the past many years, this year round it calls for huge participation from the locals.

Burning of crackers would make the smog battle harder to win and would intensify the already existing problem.


Light lamps, diyas, enjoy the food and the sweets, celebrate, spread love and DON’T burn crackers. Make this Diwali special for Dilli.

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