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Countering the data that finds noise pollution plummeted late Wednesday and early Thursday, many residents of Noida said there’s something that needs no whispering about this year. A significant shift in their mindset was witnessed after many of them abided the Supreme Court order that banned bursting of crackers in the Capital.

Members of Residents Welfare Association (RWA) on Thursday told DNA they tried to follow the apex court order as religiously much as they could.

“We all know that about the air quality in NCR and how badly it has been affected. Following the order of the federation, we held meetings and requested the people of the area not to burst crackers. We were happy that people cared about mother nature and made an effort to celebrate the festival with Diyas,” said CS Rai, president of RWA, Sector 62.

Thousands of children and senior citizens report breathing troubles every year.

“People were more aware this year because they realised that the air is harming them. Hardly any shop was openly selling crackers. The ones that burnt crackers mostly did so between 8 pm and 10 pm. We should celebrate this festival in its true spirit of brotherhood and jubilation rather than indulging in habits that could cause accidents and health hazards,” said Vimlesh Pardhan, President of Noida Sector 108.

However, some of the residents also complained of loud crackers burning late at night.

“I saw a lot of people who were burning the banned crackers that release toxic chemicals. Despite the ban, I saw no one to keep a tab on it. Many people don’t know about green crackers,” said Sudha Srivastava, RWA president SPS residency in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad.

Ghaziabad is among the top cities having the worst air quality in the country, said Central Pollution Control Board (CBCB).

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