NGT bans sale, use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until November 30

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a blanket ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi-national capital area (NCR) from the midnight of November 9 to that of November 30.

In a 58-page order, which was issued on Monday, the NGT has mentioned that the ban would apply to all cities or cities within the nation, where the typical of ambient air high quality throughout November, as per the obtainable fact of last yr, fall within the “poor” or “very poor” class.

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Air high quality index (AQI) between 201 and 300 and from 301 to 400 is taken into account to be within the “poor” and “very poor” class, respectively.

In cities or cities, where AQI is “moderate” – between 101 and 200 — or below, just green crackers can be allowed to be offered.

The timings for the use and bursting of firecrackers can be restricted to just two hours throughout festivals equivalent to Diwali, which might be celebrated on Saturday (November 14), as specified by the state, the order acknowledged.

In different states, the ban and restrictions can be non-compulsory, it added.

The chief secretaries and directors-general of police (DGPs) of all states and union territories (UTs) have been directed to flow into an applicable order and enforcement directions to all district magistrates (DMs) and superintendents of police (SPs), air pollution management boards and so forth, the order mentioned.

The tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the state air pollution management boards to commonly monitor the AQI between November 9 and 30 and add the recorded fact on their respective web sites.

CPCB would compile info on the topic, together with the standing of compliance of this order from all of the states and UTs, it added.

“Having regard to increased adverse health impact of pollution by use of crackers on the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), aggravating risk to lives and health which has led to ban by the governments of Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Chandigarh (a UT), Delhi Pollution Control Committee and by the Calcutta high court on the sale and use of firecrackers, applying the ‘sustainable development’ and the ‘precautionary’ principles, a case is made out for issuing directions for banning the sale and use of firecrackers between November 9 and 30…” the order acknowledged.

The tribunal ordered the ban whereas listening to pleas towards the bursting of firecrackers throughout Diwali due to its potential to irritate the severity of the raging Covid-19 outbreak within the nation.

[Attribution HT]

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