Despite the anti-cracker awareness drives being held in the city to dissuade people from polluting the environment,the city residents seemed to have opted for the noisy part of the festivities.
After Diwali celebrations on the weekend,Monday morning saw the city roads and street corners littered with cardboard boxes that stored firecrackers,red and white burnt scraps of paper,burnt rockets,empty sweet boxes and blistered flower pots.
In most residential areas,cracker waste formed an additional layer over the roads with some residents kicking off Diwali celebrations on Saturday with fireworks. Garbage piles with an excess of festival waste at road corners made the conditions worse.
Brighter the sparkles in the sky,louder the noise,the greater the thrill. There can be no fun without crackers, said Mohit Thakur,a resident of Sector 20.
The inflated prices of crackers was no deterrent for those who spent huge amounts on crackers,leaving behind air and noise pollution. As a result,a thick layer of smog was enveloped the city.
Despite the ban on bursting of fire crackers between 10 pm and 6 am on Diwali,many flouted rules with impunity with crackers being burnt till midnight. No cases for violation was registered.
However,some areas did see a decline in the use of fireworks. A resident of Sector 18,Nikhil Mahajan,said,Diwali is a festival of lights and not noise. This is the reason,me and my family prefer celebrating Diwali with lights,sweets and friends. It is more fun!
Meanwhile,the garbage collectors,who came to clean up by afternoon,were found asking for Rs 50 from each house as a Diwali bonus.
60 cases of minor injuries reported,all discharged
Mohali,Panchkula: Around 60 people with Diwali-related injuries were registered at the Panchkula General Hospital. The patients,all of whom have been discharged,mostly suffered minor burns.
While two patients with burns were discharged after less than a day in hospital,one patient was referred to Government Medical Hospital in Sector 32,Chandigarh. Around 10 people reportedly received eye injuries along with burns.
In comparison,the Civil Hospital in Mohali received 17 patients,all with minor injuries. There were 13 cases of burns and four cases of eye injuries. All patients have been discharged.
Also,there were seven fire-related incidents in Mohali,according to the Fire Department. These were all small incidents mostly related to burning of undergrowth. There was neither any loss of lives nor damage to property, said an official. ENS