Folks burst hearth crackers throughout ‘Diwali’ celebrations in New Delhi (PTI)
NOIDA: Some individuals in Noida, Higher Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad burst firecrackers to mark Diwali on Saturday, defying the ban on their sale and use within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR) imposed as a consequence of rising air air pollution.
The event got here at the same time as the typical 24-hour air high quality in Noida and Ghaziabad plunged to “extreme” stage, whereas it stayed “very poor” in Higher Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad — the 5 satellite tv for pc cities of Delhi within the NCR.
The Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) has lately imposed a “complete ban” on sale or use of all types of firecrackers within the NCR from November 9 midnight to November 30 midnight amid worsening air high quality.
Ghaziabad resident Amita Sinha stated there was continuous sound of firecrackers all through Saturday.
A resident of Raj Nagar extension, Sinha stated even her canine Monty, a dachshund, remained jittery because of the loud noise once in a while.
“Looks as if the onus of following the NGT guidelines and caring in regards to the surroundings is barely on law-abiding residents as a result of those that violate regulation anyway go scot-free,” she advised PTI.
Aniket talked about an incessant bursting of firecrackers in his space of residence — Indirapuram, whereas the state of affairs has been related in Vasundhara space as properly.
Akhilesh Upadhyay, a resident of Nehru Nagar, stated, “Regardless of the NGT’s ban, some individuals are hell-bent on firing crackers not realising the hurt they’re doing to the surroundings and in flip, to all of us.”
In Noida and Higher Noida, too, bursting of firecrackers continued unabated,, based on some residents that PTI spoke to.
“Nobody appears bothered about air pollution. I might hear crackers being burst all day from inside my residence,” Noida Sector 21 resident Savita Mehta stated.
Sector 19 resident Shivang Jain stated, “The celebration within the type of firecrackers has been steady because the night in his space.”
Manish Kumar described a scene of cracker rockets going up within the sky of Higher Noida (West), also referred to as Noida Extension, and spreading mild in varied hues together with poisonous fumes.
Ram Singh, a resident Sector Omnicron 1 in Higher Noida, stated, “By the sheer sound of it, it felt like individuals set extra crackers afire this yr than final yr.”
The NGT’s ban was additionally defied by some individuals in Noida’s Sector 7X, a collective of sectors from 73 to 78, that homes a number of high-rises and 1000’s of individuals, based on locals.
“Crackers are being fired in some societies in addition to on major roads in 7X. Not in all societies however some positively, and it has been steady at the moment,” Sector 77 resident Amit Gupta stated.
Noida’s Sector 92 resident Sushil Jain stated some individuals burst crackers in his space on Friday additionally, however the depth grew on Saturday.
The state of affairs was no totally different in Haryana’s Faridabad and Gurgaon, which had registered “very poor” air high quality on Saturday.
“There isn’t any means one can’t hear the sound of fireplace crackers at the moment, and all this regardless of the ban,” Namrata Banik, who lives in Sector 42 of Faridabad, stated.
She stated her good friend’s daughter, who joined them for Kali Puja, was thrilled on the sight of some individuals setting “anaar” alight though she detested the sound of different crackers.
“Fairly a sight that some individuals are firing crackers regardless of the ban and a lot dialogue in regards to the hurt they do to the surroundings,” Gurgaon Sector 58 resident Kashika Gulati stated.