This year there was a marked dip in bursting of firecrackers and hence the noise levels in the city. Usually, you can hear bombs and rockets exploding till late into the night, but it wasn’t so this time. Clearly, campaigns like this and this have helped. Still one can starkly see that the volume of smoke that was spewed out is no small matter.
Even in my locality, which isn’t too heavily occupied, I could see how bad it gets. This first pic was taken at around 8PM, before the firecracker bursting hit its peak:
An hour and several firecrackers later, from roughly the same spot:
See the difference? In just one hour!
Hope its less next year – lets keep Diwali a festival of lights, not a festival of fire.