NEW DELHI India
-- After the quietest and cleanest
Diwali in Delhi for many years, Sikhs advised not to explode
Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
A top Sikh religious
body in Delhi has appealed for not bursting fire crackers on
04 November 2016, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the
founder of this religion.
This follows a Supreme Court ban on crackers during
Diwali celebrations from 19 September to 01 November 2017.
CLEANEST WITH LESS NOISE:
As a result of this ban, Delhi enjoyed the cleanest
Diwali with much less air pollution, 75 per cent decline in
burn injuries and 20 per cent less calls for fighting fires.
The city of more than 20 million people struggled with
its worst air pollution for two decades, shrouded in smoke
from millions of fireworks lit during the festival, burning
of crop residue in neighbouring states before winter,
vehicle exhaust and construction dust.
Taking this cue, The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara
Management Committee (DSGMC) appealed to the Sikhs in Delhi
and neighbouring areas not to burst crackers on Gurpurab,
the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, on November 14.
DSGMC president Manjit Singh G K and general secretary
Manjinder Singh Sirsa said the committee will also launch a
big campaign to save the environment.
LIGHTING LAMPS: "The campaign will be
dedicated to the seventh Guru — Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji — who
gave the message of preserving the environment.
As many as 50,000 school children will take part in the
awareness procession with placards and posters.
They will request residents of Delhi to take steps to
save the environment," said Manjit.
He added, "Let us celebrate Guru Sahib’s Purab by
lighting lamps, helping the poor, showing compassion towards
the needy, following the teachings of the ten Gurus and Guru
The DSGMC also said it plans to provide pollution
masks to those in need from two major gurdwaras in the
capital — Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place and Sisganj in
POLLUTION WENT UP:
A quiet and promising evening until around 7.00 p.m.
gave way to thick haze and noise as Delhi citizens exploded
firecrackers until around 10.00 p.m.
But the noise was far less than normal Diwali explosions.
Thus, pollution went up as air quality indicated ‘very
poor’, but the air quality in Delhi during Diwali was better
than last year, according to the Central Pollution Control
The Air Quality Index (AQI) value on Diwali was 319,
putting it in "very poor" category, while the AQI last
Diwali (October 30) had touched "severe" level after
recording an index value of 431.
AQI level from 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is
satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400
is very poor, and 401 and above is severe.
LESS NOISY: This
Diwali was the quietest for three years in the national
capital, but the noise level was still above the permissible
limit in most areas. According to Central Pollution Control
Board data, nine of 10 monitoring sites in the city were
less noisy on Diwali than last year’s festival of lights,
celebrated on October 30.
BIG DECLINE IN BURNS: This Diwali, hospitals
across the city had fewer people coming in with burn
injuries to their emergency department as compared to
And, the people who came in had less severe burns.
In fact, the five main government government hospitals
designated to treat burn patients saw a 75 per cent decline
in the number of people who came into their emergency
department on Diwali night.
The five reported 179 burns cases last night as compared
to a total of 704 cases these hospitals had received
previous year during Diwali.
Delhiites witnessed the safest Diwali night in the
last two years, with no casualties and almost 20 per cent
fewer calls as compared to 2016 to the fire brigade,
This year, the fire department received 204 calls on
Diwali, 39 calls more than last year’s 243.
In 2015, the number was 290, 40 per cent more than this
year and also the maximum number of calls received by the
department in the last decade.
Firecrackers were not to blame for fires as date showed
that in the past, over 65% of the fires that broke out were
either due to electrical problems or naked flame from
ACRID SMOG: An
acrid smog forced authorities to close schools and ban
construction activities after Diwali last November.