Impose high rate of GST on fireworks to reduce air pollution.

Impose high rate of GST on fireworks to reduce air pollution.

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Alex Selvanathan started this petition to Finance Minister and

Diwali is a festival of light and not a festival of fireworks!

The amount of air pollution during these few days is tremendous. The firecrackers contain chemicals that are detrimental to health.

Chemicals in fireworks

Heavy smog hangs low in the air on Diwali night and a few days after that. The levels of sulphur nitrates, magnesium, nitrogen dioxide increase, and these chemicals are injurious to our respiratory passages. Diwali can be potentially fatal to asthamatics.

The various chemicals in fireworks and their effects -

Sulfur dioxide: Causes wheezing and shortness of breath.

Cadmium: Can cause anemia and damage to kidney and also affect the nervous system.

Copper: Irritates respiratory tract

Lead: Affects the nervous system

Magnesium: Can cause metal fume fever

Nitrate: Can cause mental impairment

Nitrite: Can cause skin problems, eye irritation, and respiratory problems in children.

Increasing pollution on Diwali

Unfortunately, every year, the quantum of air and noise pollution caused due to the bursting of firecrackers increases on Diwali. Firecrackers release pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide etc in the air, which causes ailments like asthma and bronchitis. Last year, the air pollution levels had raised than any other years in past. The 2013 Diwali witnessed, the respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) levels at 236.2 microgram per cubic metre during Diwali; while the SOx (oxides of Sulphur) levels of 48.7 microgram per cubic meter during the festival. The NOx (oxides of Nitrogen) 35.3 microgram after the festival.

If fireworks are imposed high rates of gst, the rate of buying firecrackers will decrease which in turn will reduce air pollution. The prices must be so high that most people should not buy it and even if they buy, they will buy in limited quantity.

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