Bursting crackers has become an integral part of Diwali festival, emitting hazardous smoke in the environment. Unfortunately, the air quality in Delhi has been getting worse with each passing day, even a thick blanket of smoke has engulfed the capital and its surrounding areas. Observing the worsening air quality, Indian apex court’s recent order pronounced to ban the polluting fire-crackers.
In the prevailing circumstances, the China-made e-crackers being sold in Delhi’s Chandichowk area, which has a traditional wholesale market of fire-crackers, has caught everyone’s attention.
These e-crackers are absolutely non-polluting and operated with a remote by plugging into an electric circuit. They produce light and sound below the standards set by the government, thereby perfectly suiting the festival of Diwali.
Praveen Kumar Rana, a seller, said the e-crackers are eco-friendly as “no harmful chemicals are burnt, and there is no smoke. They run on electricity.”
The ‘crackers’, which resemble a ‘lari’ or string of crackers, are available online also. They come packed in distinctive large red boxes with Chinese lettering. Each red-and-gold electronic cracker on the string is quite large, and the ‘lari’ goes off at the press of a button. But the sound is underwhelming.