The festive season is close and the National green tribunal NGT has imposed a ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi and the adjoining areas to prevent further pollution rise.
The increase in air pollution has imposed cities to turn into severe zones and hence starting from midnight of November 9 to November 30 burning firecrackers is not allowed.
The order is passed across 4 states adjoining the NCR region including two dozen districts. The Nationwide ban on firecrackers is applicable to the cities and towns with ambient air quality in the bracket of poor or worse.
The cities and towns with moderate air quality will be allowed to burn crackers but the timing has been restricted to 2 hours to prevent the infection from trading due to covid.
According to the order, the timings for burning crackers are 8 to 10 p.m. on Diwali and Gurupurb, 6 to 8 a.m., on Chhath and 11:55 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. during Christmas and New Year’s eve.
A special drive initiated to contain air pollution from all the sources and keeping covid-19 under consideration NGT has allowed in the optional ban on cities better air quality.
Few more measures have been initiated to keep air quality under check, according to the orders by officials.
In several states including Sikkim, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Delhi, firecrackers sale have been banned and so is the use.
Regular monitoring and compiling data on air pollution from 9th November to 30th November, the state and central pollution control board is asked to compile information and put onto their websites and “file a consolidated report”.
Pollution due to firecrackers caused in areas including green zones has been linked to increased air pollution. The National Green Tribunal has been seeking a petition against the burning of firecrackers, including green crackers, to avoid further pollution increment.
The covid-19 cases peaked at 15,000 cases a day and increased level of pollution during the festive season will level up the spread too.
Delhi, who is currently under the impact of the third wave of Corona Virus, has recorded more than 7000 cases, the second time in three days.
The overall condition of the air quality, according to the National Capital Region, has been in the bracket of “severe” conditions, which will result in acute sickness in even healthy people.