Push for more lights, less noise

The Kamrup (metro) district administration here has asked all heads of schools to address assemblies to dissuade children from using firecrackers during the Diwali celebrations.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 16.10.17
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Guwahati: The Kamrup (metro) district administration here has asked all heads of schools to address assemblies to dissuade children from using firecrackers during the Diwali celebrations.

In a series of suggestions issued recently, the district administration stressed on sensitising children and school staff about the harmful effects of firecrackers and encourage them to opt for alternatives such as lights and flowers to celebrate the festival.

The district administration suggested that rallies will be organised to create awareness and various events held where students, parents and resident welfare associations will take a pledge to celebrate Diwali in an eco-friendly manner. The best residents' welfare association will be recognised by the district administration, said a statement from the office of deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu.

The administration will constitute a team with officials from the district administration, police, GMC and the Pollution Control Board to check and inspect commercial stockists of firecrackers to restrict the sale of high-decibel crackers.

"The Supreme Court, in its 2005 order, had directed that there shall be a complete ban on bursting of sound-emitting firecrackers between 10pm and 6am. The top court also prohibited manufacture, sale or use of crackers that generate noise over 125 decibel," said the statement.

"Right to peaceful sleep is a fundamental right of every citizen. Considering this, the Supreme Court banned bursting of crackers after 10pm during Diwali. The Central Pollution Control Board has banned firecrackers with decibel limit of more than 125 at a distance of four meters from the point where they are being burnt," it said.

The suggestion has been issued keeping in mind the rampant bursting of high-decibel crackers in the city despite a Supreme Court ban on them in 2005. Many here, however, suggested that the administration should inspect markets and seize such crackers before the celebrations begin.

The district administration has also appealed to people to use eco-friendly crackers and dispose the waste materials in a segregated manner.

Play it safe

Celebrate the festival by using earthen lamps; avoid using electric bulbs

Use natural colours

Check hospitals in your vicinity

Avoid using plastics and polythene items

Assist GMC officials in waste disposal