New Delhi: Given the upcoming festivals and their impact on the air, a number of states have banned the sale and use of firecrackers. Some states have allowed the use of green crackers which they believe cause less pollution. Air pollution from the burning of firecrackers during the festive months of October and December has been of concern to all states in India. It should be noted that the National Green Tribunal (NGT) last year ordered a ban on the sale and use of crackers in the NCR region until November 30 when many states had prescribed the use of green crackers. Many states are being extra careful this year and are banning firecrackers. Here is a list of states that have taken strict measures to bring air pollution under control.Also read – The Ganga Canal is closed for maintenance until November 5. Will Delhi’s water supply be affected? This is what Jal Board said
Rajasthan: On Friday, the government of Rajasthan reversed its earlier decision to ban the sale and use of crackers and only allowed green crackers to be used during festivals. The state government has also released the tight schedule for cracking crackers during the holiday season. According to the revised notice, green crackers can be popped from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at festivals like Diwali and Guruparb, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Chhath puja, and from 11:55 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Christmas and New Years. Read also – International flights: Air India increases the frequency of flights between Delhi and Chicago from November 3, opens reservation
Delhi: Taking strict measures, the government of Arvind Kejriwal has banned the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers until January 1, 2022. By issuing an order, the government of Kejriwal said the decision was taken after taking stock of pollution levels in Delhi during the festival over the past three years. On the other hand, Delhi police have launched crackdowns on the distribution of illegal fireworks, the sale of which has increased as Diwali quickly approaches. Also Read – Karnataka Lockdown: Bommai Government Makes Big Announcement, Plans To Loosen Borders On Business Establishments, May Open Borders
Haryana: Earlier this month, the Haryana government banned the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in 14 districts. The move came after the Haryana State Pollution Board ordered the 14 districts to ban the sale and use of firecrackers with immediate effect.
Odisha: As part of the coronavirus lockdown guidelines, the state government banned the use and sale of fireworks in the state during the month. The state government has also banned their sale and use during Diwali due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Uttar Pradesh: In accordance with the order of the Supreme Court, the government of Yogi Adityanath in 2020 banned the sale and use of firecrackers in 13 cities of the state. However, the state government has not made any such announcements this year so far.