The indiscriminate bursting of crackers during Diwali and crop stubble burning across North India led to dangerously high levels of pollution in Delhi in recent days.
In a bid to promote community action against air pollution, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has appealed to the Sikh community across Delhi and other neighbouring cities not to burst crackers on November 14 for Gurupurab. Gurupurab is the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak and one of the most sacred festivals for Sikhs.
DSGMC also distributed free pollution masks at two gurudwaras in the city – Bangla Sahib near Connaught Place and Sisganj in Chandni Chowk. It conveyed the message about abstaining from burning crackers to 700 Singh Sabhas too.
The DSGMC will carry out awareness campaigns against the use of crackers during its ‘nagar kirtan’ ceremony. These campaigns will be dedicated to Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji, the seventh Guru of the Sikhs, who spread the message “of preserving the environment.”
DSGMC President, Manjit Singh G K told Times of India, “As many as 50,000 school children will take part in the awareness procession with placards and posters.”
“Let us celebrate Guru Sahib’s Purab by lighting lamps, helping the poor, showing compassion towards the needy, following the teachings of the ten Gurus and Guru Granth Sahib,” he added.