Bengaluru: To curb air and noise pollution during Diwali, the Karnataka state government has issued guidelines for the usage of firecrackers. These regulations stipulate that firecrackers can only be ignited during a specific two-hour window from 8 to 10 p.m. The restriction applies to the entire state, including Bangalore. It is an endeavor to align with the Supreme Court’s directives and follows a circular from the State Pollution Control Board and an order from the Municipal Administration Directorate.
Compliance with Supreme Court’s Directives
The decision to limit firecracker usage to a two-hour period is in line with the directives of the Supreme Court. This move seeks to mitigate the environmental impact of Diwali celebrations, particularly focusing on air and noise pollution. Firecrackers can be set off only within the specified timeframe, and their use is prohibited outside of this window.
Green Firecrackers and Considerate Usage
The guidelines stress the usage of green firecrackers. Moreover, there is an emphasis on using firecrackers considerately to avoid disturbing animals, birds, children, and the elderly. This approach aims to foster a more eco-friendly and socially responsible celebration of Diwali.
Prohibition Near Sensitive Areas
As part of these measures, bursting firecrackers near sensitive locations like hospitals and educational institutions is prohibited. Designated no-firecracker zones are intended to safeguard the well-being of individuals in such areas.
Promoting Eco-Friendly Diwali Practices
Government authorities are actively engaged in promoting awareness of an eco-friendly Diwali. To inform the public, they are distributing leaflets and posters in high-traffic locations like metro stations, railway stations, bus terminals, and shopping malls. Additionally, video and audio messages are being employed to educate people on the importance of celebrating Diwali in an environmentally conscious manner. Local television and radio channels are also contributing to this awareness campaign to encourage eco-friendly Diwali practices.
The Karnataka government’s commitment to managing the environmental impact of Diwali is reflected in these proactive measures. By implementing a time restriction for firecrackers, advocating the use of green fireworks, and emphasizing considerate usage, they are striving to create a more sustainable and responsible festive season.