‘Pollution from firecrackers can’t be ignored’.
New Delhi: Though the Supreme Court’s decision to ban firecrackers in the National Capital Region has drawn mixed reactions from people, a majority of working professionals in the region have supported such prohibition, noted a quick random survey by Assocham Social Development Foundation.
While there is no doubt about construction activities, road dust, vehicular pollution, waste burning and other such factors being majorly responsible for deteriorating air quality in and around the city, majority of people in Delhi-NCR feel that no source of pollution is too small to be ignored when it comes to the public health concerns, highlighted the survey conducted by Assocham as part of its Corporate Social Development initiative. The Assocham Social Development Foundation (ASDF) randomly interacted with about 2,000 people in general at entry and exit points of Delhi Metro stations across the city during the last weekend to ascertain views of common Delhiites on Supreme Court’s October 9 order suspending sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. “Banning sale of firecrackers is a very welcome move as smoke from fireworks is a common trigger for many individuals with asthma, many people experience respiratory distress, bronchitis, persistent cough, burning eyes, itchy throat and other related problems,” Assocham president, Sandeep Jajodia said while releasing the findings of the survey.
“Air pollution in Delhi-NCR is not just devastating the environment but it might also hurt brand India thereby severely hitting sectors like tourism, outdoor recreation as people tend to stay away from polluted areas to avoid dense and toxic air,” Mr Jajodia said.
“Sunshine and good air have become luxury for Delhiities who have been dealing with anxieties over pollution, traffic, and related stress,” added the Assocham chief.
“Though schools along with resident welfare associations and those in healthcare/medical sector/community have been carrying out campaigns across India with a view to sensitise people about harmful effects of firecrackers, a judicious mix of command and control measures is the key to protect public health,” he said further.