The Delhi court is soon going to rule out its decision on whether the ban on the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and NCR region will continue this Diwali or not. The kid petitioners who had filed the PIL are less than four years of age and have sought a complete ban on the purchase, sale as well as transportation of fire crackers. Their lawyer did present a lot of material on how children were the most affected amongst all because of the smoke that arises out of bursting the fire crackers.
The highlight of the case was that the petitioners has got the chief of Lung Foundation Sri Arvind Kumar as well as Chairman of Centre for Chest Surgery and Lung Transplantation, to strengthen their case.
Both the doctors explained the jury about the ill effects that smoke causes on people and Dr. Kumar also shared his experiences as a Surgeon stating that indirectly everyone in Delhi is a smoker. Through pictures of lungs he showed how a spike in PM 2.5 during the Diwali season of fire crackers can prove to be fatal and have a major effect on the mortality rate even if there is a 10 micron rise.
The plea also included explanation on how kids were adversely affected by the smoke pollution of fire crackers as their lungs were not developed fully making them even more vulnerable to conditions like asthma, bronchitis, lung disease as well as cognitive impairment.
Last year the high court did suspend the sale of fire crackers in Delhi as well as NCR to measure the positive effect of fire cracker less festive celebrations for the period October 9 – November 1, 2017. The hearing bench of Justices do agree that children are affected adversely and the most due to the smoke pollution but they are still to come to a decision of whether to levy a ban on the same or to regulate the sale of fire crackers this Diwali.
While it is a known fact that fire crackers worth crores of Rupees are sold for Diwali celebrations, even the fog cover that Delhi has experienced recently does pose the need for strict rules and regulations to curb different types of pollutions and maintain healthy air standards in the capital and around.
*Source form the internet