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 - Family of Brain-Dead Tamil Nadu Man Donate His Heart & Lungs, Save Lives of 2 Patients
“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 - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extended for Another Week, Further Relaxations Permitted
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 - Will Set AIADMK Straight, Says Sasikala in Audio Clip After Party Sacks Workers For Talking to Her
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.