Chennai: Tamil Nadu residents will be allowed to burst firecrackers between 6 am and 7 am and 7 pm and 8 pm on Diwali, a notification released by the HD Kumaraswamy-led government said. The decision, taken in line with the Supreme Court directive. Diwali falls on November 6 in the state. Also Read - Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 28,000 Cases, 500 Deaths in Last 24 Hrs; Total Cases in India Exceed 8.7 Lakh
“Based on the Supreme Court verdict, the Tamil Nadu government permits bursting of crackers between 6 am and 7 am and 7 pm and 8 pm,” the release said. It also urged people of the state to burst crackers with low decibel and pollution levels. It also directed the locals to avoid bursting firecrackers near hospitals and places of worship. Also Read - Tuticorin Custodial Deaths: RJ Suchi Told by Tamil Nadu Police to Remove Video Demanding Justice For Jayaraj-Fenix
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board would study the air quality seven days before and after the festival in all the corporation limits. Also Read - Chennai Containment List: Despite Dip in COVID Cases, Contained Areas Rise From 158 to 276 | Check Here
The state government had, on October 30, said it would consult stakeholders regarding the Supreme Court’s decision of allowing the state to pick a two-hour slot for bursting firecrackers on Diwali.
The apex court had modified its earlier order of fixing an 8-10 pm slot for bursting crackers on Diwali, saying the time would be changed in southern states like Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, but not exceed the two-hour duration.
On October 23, the Supreme Court had allowed the sale, manufacture and use of “green” firecrackers which have low emission across the country. Furthermore, it allowed the use of crackers only for two hours – between 8 pm and 10 pm – on Diwali. On Christmas and New Year, the top court allowed bursting of crackers between 11.45 pm and 12.45 am. It also imposed conditional ban on the online sale of firecrackers. It restrained websites like Flipkart and Amazon from selling firecrackers which are beyond the permissible limit.