Air Pollution Latest News: A day after the National Green Tribunal issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to ban the use of fire crackers from November 7-30 in the interest of public health and environment, a number of states have issued order in this regard. Starting from Rajasthan and Odisha to Bengal and Haryana — these states have made it mandatory to ban the use of fire crackers, keeping in mind the pollution and coronavirus pandemic in mind.Also Read - Delhi to Breathe Fresh Air Soon: Smog Tower At Connaught Place To Start Working From Oct 1
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On Friday, Karnataka government decided to ban the sales and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali this year in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Making the announcement, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said the formal ban order will soon be issued. He also said that the state government had discussed the firecracker ban with health experts and thereafter arrived at the decision. Also Read - Niti Aayog Launches 'Shoonya' Program to Promote Zero-Pollution Delivery Vehicles
With just a few days left for the Diwali festival, the Maharashtra government on Friday urged state people to avoid bursting crackers to curb noise and air pollution. This came a day after Mumbai civic body BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation announced that it will ban bursting or lighting of all fire-crackers at public places during Diwali festival. As per updates, violators will be penalized and the SOPs in this regard would be issued shortly.
Keeping in mind the deteriorating air quality, the Delhi government on Thursday banned firecrackers in the national capital ahead of Diwali. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took the decision while reviewing the coronavirus situation in the national capital.
Prior to this, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had urged the people of Delhi to avoid bursting firecrackers as much as possible this Diwali in the interests of public health and environment.The minister launched an “anti-cracker” campaign and inspected various places to ensure that only “green” firecrackers are manufactured and sold in the city.The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), all district magistrates and the Delhi Police have been asked to ensure that only “green” crackers are sold.
The Rajasthan government has decided to ban the sale of firecrackers during the festive season in the state in the wake of the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic. “Protecting the lives of people is paramount for the government in this challenging time,” Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said.
He further added that in a situation like this, people should avoid using fireworks on Diwali.
The Haryana government on Monday declared possession and sale of imported firecrackers as illegal and punishable in the state. Deputy commissioners of all the districts have been directed to be vigilant in this regard and take strict action against the sale and distribution of imported firecrackers.
Additionally, they have also been asked to ensure there is no storage of imported firecrackers by conducting the inspection of all the establishments and taking preventive actions.
The Odisha government on Tuesday prohibited the sale and use of firecrackers from 10th to 30th of November. “Considering the potentially harmful consequences of burning of crackers amidst COVID-19 pandemic situation and approaching winter, state govt prohibits the sale and use of firecrackers from 10th to 30th of November,” the state government said in its order.
In a similar manner, the West Bengal government also pledged not to allow bursting of firecrackers during Kali puja, Diwali to check air pollution.
“The West Bengal government will not allow bursting of firecrackers during Kali puja and Diwali to check air pollution and also because they are hazardous for Covid-19 patients,” Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay said in the new order.
Notably, the National Green Tribunal issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four state governments on whether use of fire crackers be banned from November 7-30 in the interest of public health and environment. The NGT also appointed senior advocate Raj Panjwani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh to assist it as amicus curiae in the matter.