Enforce SC ban, ensure ‘silent Diwali’ in Delhi: Harsh Vardhan to Lt-Governor

Supreme Court, through a July, 2005, order had banned the bursting of firecrackers in residential areas.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:October 16, 2014 3:21 pm
vardhan-main Children and the elderly are “traumatised” the most by loud firecrackers, said Harsh Vardhan.

Raising a cry for a silent Diwali in the national capital, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday urged Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung to ensure the execution of a Supreme Court order which bans the bursting of noise-generating firecrackers in residential areas.

Vardhan, the Lok Sabha MP from the Chandni Chowk constituency of Delhi, said in a letter to Jung that while some state governments have been successful in enforcing the ban, the implementation of the apex court’s order was “practically absent” in Delhi.

Children and the elderly are “traumatised” the most by loud firecrackers, said Vardhan, a doctor by training.

“Many excuses have been offered by the administration in the past for Delhi’s general disregard of the Supreme Court’s order. The reasons advanced vary from cultural to police insufficiency. These are all unacceptable.

“I hope that under your direction, Delhi will turn a corner from this Diwali onwards,” an official statement quoted Vardhan as having told Jung in an email.

Supreme Court, through a July, 2005, order had banned the bursting of firecrackers in residential areas.

With only eight days left for Diwali, Vardhan urged the LG to not lose time in issuing strict instructions to all police stations, resident welfare associations and corporation authorities to enforce the ban.

Noise pollution from firecrackers causes physical discomfort to people of all ages and may also lead to psychological disorders, Vardhan said.

He urged the LG to involve school and college principals in advising students about the ill-effects of noise pollution and the responsibility of the new generation in building a compassionate society.

“I also suggest that a campaign be launched at the earliest so that people do not invest in noise-generating firecrackers. It (enforcing the ban) would serve no purpose after most people have bought them…,” Vardhan said.

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    shri
    Nov 16, 2014 at 2:01 am
    diwali kya hai usaka gyan aab anti hindu log hame denge waah.abe to jake musalmano ko bhi bool na ki eid me bararo ki munddi na kata kare aur bloodfree eid manaye.unhe bhi bool ki rooz masjid me subah sham jo loudspekers se shor aur noise pollutionfailate hai wo band kare.
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    Adarsh
    Oct 16, 2014 at 11:00 am
    Why don't you show same resolve and enforce the SC ban on loudspeakers and silence the noise emanating from mosques five times every day, Dr.Harsh Vardhan? Is your enthusiasm in preventing noise pollution limited to Hindu festivities only?
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    Satyawani Manikrao
    Oct 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm
    Diwali was never a festival of noise/crackers it was suppose to be a festival of lights.
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    Tanuj Mittal
    Oct 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm
    Ignorant people are now cabinet ministers and are front runners to become chief minister of Delhi. If you are righteous then give away dual standards. Marrying multiple wives is clearly against women's rights and women rights commission stays silent. Halal itself is non humane wherein you are killing an animal and making sure it suffers animal rights activists stays silent. Hypocrisy is one leading character of our society. The problem is you can't divide Muslims by raising the top two issues but you can certainly divide Hindu thinking by something as absurd as this. I do not hear any noise being made against fireworks on New Year, Chinese New year or even 4th of July. Do we need to rethink?
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    Tarsem Singh
    Oct 17, 2014 at 11:05 am
    We are a lawless society if the verdicts even of the sc are not enforced.
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