Bringing an alternative for children who were disheartened after the Punjab and Haryana High Court orders on crackers, a school in Panchkula, in a first-of-its-kind has introduced smoke-free, re-usable firecrackers for its students which emit similar sound and visual spark as normal ones do.
As the Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered a ban on the use of crackers and limited their bursting on Diwali only for three hours, the authorities of The Gurukul School, Sector 20, thought of coming with these crackers so that children don’t feel disheartened and their ‘intense urge’ to burst crackers remain satisfied. The crackers look similar to a normal red ‘ladi’ and are operated through a remote. They make a similar sound and spark but without releasing smoke or residue and can be used over and over again.
A student of standard VII, Khushi Tewari said, “We can experience the same thrill and enjoyment that too for years as they can be used again. This seems to be a good way of celebrating a loud and pompous Diwali.” Principal Harsimran Kaur said that these crackers need just 12 volts to operate. These have been purchased from Delhi and many students volunteered to take them home this Diwali. “These ‘ladis’ have been purchased in different sizes by the school authorities. One ‘red ladi’ has been purchased for around Rs 1,000, the principal said.
“The children were really disappointed when we told in the assembly that they would have to abide by the HC’s orders. So we thought, why not look for an alternative for these routine crackers which actually make air unbreathable,” the principal said.