Bangalore: At least six lakh children across Bangalore have said no to crackers this Diwali and the State Pollution Control Board is confident that the initiative is going to make a big difference. High decibel levels, pollution and the possibility of getting injured – these are what school children in Bangalore are trying to avoid. The authorities are confident that pollution levels will be much lower this year. Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Chairman Vaman Acharya said, “If children are taught good things, they can motivate their parents too. We’re monitoring noise and our staff will request people not to use more than 120 decibel crackers.” The ‘Say no to crackers’ campaign has resonated well with students. They’re making this Diwali a festival of lights and not of noise.
One of the students said, “I’ll try to burst as less crackers as it causes air pollution, noise pollution, can disturb old people near our house, birds can get killed.” Another student said, “I’ll celebrate Diwali by lighting up my house and not bursting carckets. I’ve told my parents to get anything else but not crackers.” More lights and less noise – that’s the pledge that nearly six lakh children across Bangalore schools are taking this Diwali. They will go back home and tell the elders the importance of an eco-friendly Diwali.