No crackers in NCR till November 30: NGT | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in NCR from the midnight of November 9 to that of November 30. Last week, Delhi government banned firecrackers in the capital after reviewing the Covid-19 situation.
“There will be a total ban against sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the NCR from midnight of November 9-10, 2020 to the midnight of November 30-December 1, 2020, to be reviewed thereafter,” said the bench headed by NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel.
The tribunal had observed that considering the potential harmful consequences of bursting firecrackers amid the pandemic and approaching winter, the states of Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, NCT of Delhi and Union territory of Chandigarh had prohibited firecrackers to protect the vulnerable groups.
NGT also ordered a similar ban in all cities/towns where the average air quality was in poor, very poor and severe categories in last November as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Only green crackers will be allowed for two hours in the cities/towns where air quality was moderate or below during festivals like Diwali, Chhath, New Year/Christmas Eve. If nothing is specified by a state, NGT said, the timing will be 8-10pm on Diwali and Gurpurab, 6-8am on Chhath and, in case the ban continues, 11.55pm-12.30am on Christmas and New Year Eve.
The tribunal directed all states/UTs and pollution control boards/committees to initiate special drives to contain air pollution from all sources in view of potential of aggravation of Covid-19.
The green bench observed that “air quality data published by CPCB reveals that both PM10 and PM2.5 increase on Diwali day if compared with pre-Diwali data in Delhi and other cities. Elevated PM concentrations and the signature elements like barium, aluminium (major ingredients of firecracker) in PM2.5 fraction on Diwali day indicate contribution of firecracker bursting in ambient air quality.”
NGT issued notices last week to the Union environment ministry, CPCB, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Delhi Police commissioner, Delhi and its neighbouring state governments, questioning whether firecrackers should be banned in November.

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