With the onset of the winter season, the air pollution level in Delhi-NCR has increased. At the same time, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken a big decision to ban the firecrackers till 30 November in Delhi-NCR. Also, this ban will be applicable in other states where the air quality is of poor level.
According to the order of the NGT, the sale or use of all types of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR from midnight of 9 November to midnight of 30 November is banned. The NGT ban on firecrackers will apply to all cities/towns in the country where air quality falls in the ‘poor’ and above category during November. The NGT has directed all the states / UTs to launch a campaign to curb air pollution from all sources because of Covid-19. NGT will review the order after 30 November.
Ban will apply in all cities where average air quality will be poor or dangerous this November comparing to last year’s figures. The NGT said in its order that the cities where air quality is at a decent level in November this year as compared to November last year. Only green crackers will be available for sale, and too only for two hours on the day of Diwali.
BMC bans firecrackers in public places
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned firecrackers in public places under its jurisdiction. Soundless firecrackers like ‘Phuljhari’ and ‘Anaar’ are to be used on Diwali between 8 pm and 10 pm.