News Desk, Amar Ujala, Jabalpur
Published by: Ravindra Bhajani
Updated to Thursday, 28 October 2021 06:20 PM IST
NGT bans fireworks in cities with poor air quality. Similarly, in cities with moderate air quality, green crackers are only allowed for two hours.
Toxic fumes are emitted from firecrackers
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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has said in its landmark order that crackers will not be allowed to explode in cities with the highest levels of air pollution in the state. Similarly, in moderate air quality cities green crackers are only allowed to explode for two hours. Fireworks can be set off for just 15 minutes during New Year and Christmas. Instructions were given to levy monetary fines on those who violated the order.
The petition was filed by Citizen Consumer Guide Forum President Dr PG Najpande and Rajat Bhargava before a bench comprising Justice Sivakumar Mangal and expert member Arun Kumar Verma. The World Health Organization has issued a warning about the third wave of the corona. Hence the need to ban fireworks. According to an IMA report, smoke emitted from fireworks can be fatal to corona patients. This causes the corona infection to spread rapidly. The petition states that the Supreme Court and the NGT have issued guidelines on the firing of fireworks. Even after this, a large number of crackers exploded on Diwali night in Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur and Gwalior last year. Due to this the air quality index of these cities on the next day of Diwali is very low. Counsel Prabhat Yadav appeared for the petitioner.