The Fact News Service
Amritsar, November 11
Vigilant residents in the city have favoured green Diwali and called upon people to shun crackers for the sake of environment.
Former health minister Lakshmi Kanta Chawla said even as the state government permitted the bursting of firecrackers but people must shun or curtail this habit. She said it would bring down the pollution and provide clean air to Covid patients.
She suggested that people could invest the money saved from firecrackers on buying sweets for those who do not have enough savings to buy it themselves.
Kulwant Singh Ankhi, former principal, said: “Green firecrackers must replace the traditional ones which emanate lethal gases such as barium nitrate, aluminium, ash, red lead, copper oxide and lithium. The new crackers promise to reduce emission by cutting down on the use of harmful chemicals to reduce particulate matter emissions by at least 30 per cent upon bursting.”