City celebrates less noisy Diwali this year

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Nov 2018 10:50:32


Staff Reporter,

Nagpurians take the Apex Court’s order in spirit, prefer to illuminate households over bursting of firecrackers

Enthusiasts opt for sparklers instead of those firecrackers making loud noise

The city celebrated Diwali, the Festival of Lights, with enthusiasm this year too. However, in the wake of the Supreme Court directives regarding bursting of firecrackers, people preferred to spend more on illuminating the households and shops than on firecrackers. One could see the bright and colourful lights adorning the city skyline at night, but experienced less air pollution and less noise on ‘Laxmi Pujan’ day.

Though people took the Supreme Court’s directives in spirit, many did not abide by the rigid timeline for bursting of firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm. In most parts of the city, one could hear the sound of firecrackers being burst here or there in the daytime as well as before 8 pm and after 10 pm. Schools, colleges, and social organisations conducted programmes to make the students and public aware regarding ‘ill effects’ of bursting of firecrackers. These efforts, clubbed with the Supreme Court directives, had an impact on the overall ‘Diwali’ celebration in the city.
Bakeries, sweet shops, firecracker stores and gift shops remained open till late night on the eve of Diwali (Laxmi Pujan). The shops were thronged by crowds as everyone wanted favourite sweets, bakery items, gifts for their near and beloved ones. As a result of the lesser demand for firecrackers making loud noise, the prices of firecrackers soared to make up for ‘that loss’. Many preferred to buy sparklers, ‘Anar’, ‘Chakkar’, ‘pop-pops’ etc as ‘safer options’ to ‘sutli’ bomb, ‘Lar’ (string bomb), rocket, chocolate bomb etc.

People shared sweets and wished friends and families after performing ‘Puja’. Mostly shops in the city remained closed in the evening and everyone preferred to spend festival time with family and relatives. Bengali community people starting ‘Kali Puja’ celebrations from the eve of Diwali. Various cultural programmes are being conducted to mark ‘Kali Puja’ in different parts of the city.  Shopkeepers, stall-owners and businessmen are now gearing up for the ‘panchami’ day when they perform ‘puja’ at their shops and establishments.


Action against 14 for violating SC order

CITY Police initiated action against 14 persons for violating Supreme Court’s (SC) order by bursting firecrackers after 10 pm on ‘Laxmi Pujan’ day. The Apex Court, in its order on October 23, had allowed bursting firecrackers only from 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. Of the 14 cases registered in city, five are from Kalamna, four from Sakkardara, three from Gittikhadan and one each from Tehsil and Nandanvan areas.

Similarly, police registered 45 cases against persons selling high decibel firecrackers by registering an offence under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. Two persons were booked under relevant sections of the Explosive Act for illegally selling firecrackers.