New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) is expected to pronounce its order on firecracker ban amid the ongoing festival season and rising cases of COVID-19, on Monday. Also Read - Delhi Temperature Rises a Notch, Air Quality Drops to 'Very Poor' Again as Smog Thickens
The NGT on Thursday had reserved, till November 9, its order on the imposition of ban on firecrackers across 23 states and UTs. It had issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four state governments on whether use of firecrackers be banned from November 7-30 in the interest of public health and environment. Also Read - Delhi Pollution: 23 Anti-smog Guns Installed Across City to Combat Dust Pollution
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel had sought response from MoEF, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Police Commissioner of Delhi and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The tribunal was hearing a plea by Indian Social Responsibility Network seeking action against pollution by use of firecrackers in NCR amidst the double whammy of the pollution crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the national capital continues to reel under air pollution on Monday morning.
According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Air Quality Index (AQI) is at 484 in Anand Vihar, 470 in Mundka, 465 in Okhla Phase 2 and 468 in Wazirpur, all in ‘severe category’.