The Uttar Pradesh state cabinet has decided to comply with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders regarding firecrackers in Diwali. This resolution was chosen by the administration in relation to the continued deterioration of air quality throughout the state. While many cities have imposed a complete ban on firecrackers, Lucknow has so far only banned certain categories of firecrackers.
UP to follow orders from NGT to reduce pollution levels this holiday season
According to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home), “The NGT order is detailed and we will comply with it. The air quality is deteriorating and action must be taken to resolve the problem. While Meerut has already imposed a firecracker ban, Lucknow has so far only banned certain categories of firecrackers.
So far, only the banned firecrackers in Lucknow are the most preferred “ladis” or “chatai” and other similar high decibel firecrackers. The co-commissioner of police also indicated that “the sale only of crackers conforming to the order of the Supreme Court would be authorized”.
The Lucknow District Administration has marked certain sensitive areas of the city as “cracker-free areas”. These areas include hospitals, nursing homes, educational institutions, courts, and zoos. Any burst firecracker activity in these areas is strictly prohibited. As per the NGT guidelines, during festivals like Diwali and Gurupurab, fireworks would only be allowed between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., while at Christmas and New Years fireworks may start from 11:55 p.m. and continue until 12:30 p.m.
Although the restrictions and ban on firecracker activities may tarnish this Diwali festivities and celebrations, it is an effective measure to reduce the high levels of air pollution in the state. Citizens are urged to cooperate with state and NGT guidelines, in order to celebrate a safe and happy Diwali.
-With inputs from IANS