Mangaluru: Rain Prospects, Restricted Cracker Timings Likely to Dampen Diwali Spirit

Mangaluru: Those waiting to have a cracker of a time by bursting fireworks this time have some bad news. Same will be with the case with fireworks dealers.

There has been a sudden atmospheric depression in the Arabian Sea. Heavy clouds have been hovering over the Bay of Bengal. As a result, heavy rains with thunder have been forecast in Tamil Nadu, southern Andhra and different parts of Kerala in the coming three days.

Similarly heavy thunder, lightning and showers have been expected to hit the Karnataka coast and hinterland on Nov 11 and 12, which will coincide with Diwali or Deepavali. This will definitely hit the Diwali celebrations in the coast.

With the dampness around, the crackers too are likely to lose their bursting power. This has worried some dealers here who have stocked huge quantity for sale.

Besides, Bengaluru city police commissioner N S Megharik has issued a directive restricting the bursting timings, which is likely to be followed elsewhere in the state. Megharik has said that no crackers shall be burst between 10 pm and 6 am.

He has also tried to give a sensible suggestion that instead of ruining the environment with crackers, it would be more practical to light the lamps and celebrate the festival. The parents had to guide their children in this matter, he has said.

He has also appealed the public not to burst crackers at places where children are in large numbers like schools and colleges, near hospitals and near places of worship like temples, mosques and churches.

Megharik has also reminded that crackers should not be burst in areas where other communities live with a motive of mischief. He has also suggested that the money spent on crackers could be donated to old age homes or other charity.

At the same time, he has warned against bursting of crackers in places where the public move around or on roads where traffic moves around. Strict action would be taken against violators on this count, he said.

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