NGT bans firecrackers in places with "poor" air quality



The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday said that there would be a complete ban on the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers from November 10 to 30 in places where the average ambient air quality in November fell under the ‘poor’ category.

They will, however, permit the sale of green crackers with a time restriction of two hours in places where air quality falls under the 'moderate' category.

The Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel stated that since pollution aggravates COVID-19, not only crackers are to be banned or restricted depending upon air quality.

"All state pollution control boards and committees must take special initiative to contain air pollution by regulating all other sources of pollution,” the bench stated.

(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)


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