NEW DELHI: To ensure that the national capital celebrates a “silent Diwali” this year, Union Health Minister Harshvardhan on Thursday urged Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to enforce the Supreme Court order, which bans bursting of firecrackers in residential areas. The minister, in an email to the LG, pointed out that noise pollution free-Diwali is fast becoming popular in many parts of the country.
“A SC order of July 2005 had banned bursting of firecrackers in residential areas. However, its implementation has been practically absent in Delhi. Some state governments have been quite successful in ensuring quiteness in the revelries. I hope that under your direction, Delhi will turn a corner from this Diwali,” he said.
Rejecting the claims of apologists, Vardhan said,“Many excuses have been offered by administrators of the past for Delhi’s general disregard (of the SC order). The reasons advanced vary from “cultural” to “police insufficiency”. These are all unacceptable.” The minister said that progressive governments cannot reconcile cultural sentiments with the suffering of the people.