The Chandigarh administration on Tuesday imposed a complete ban on the sale or use of firecrackers of any kind to prevent the risk of the spread of COVID-19 due to a polluted atmosphere, according to an official order. The ordinance specifies that these instructions will come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force until further notice.
The decision was made after extensive consultation with experts in health, the environment and other stakeholders, according to the ordinance.
“It has been decided that the toxic air escaping from crackers is likely to affect health, so residents should avoid popping crackers this holiday season,” according to an official statement.
“The decision was made taking into account the current Covid situation, the National Green Tribunal order and the Disaster Management Act,” he added.
Any violation of the orders will result in criminal action under the relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act 2005, in addition to legal action under section 188 (Disobedience to an order duly promulgated by an official ) of the Indian Penal Code and other applicable provisions.
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