Bihar State Contamination Control Board Orders Total Ban on Firecrackers in 3 Cities
The Bihar State Pollution Control Board on Friday put a complete restriction on sale or usage of firecrackers in Patna, Muzaffarpur and Gaya, abiding by the National Green Tribunals (NGT) regulation for keeping ambient air quality in all cities and towns where it was “bad or even worse” in November last. The sale or usage of fire crackers has actually been prohibited in the three cities as their air pollution level was discovered to be “extremely poor” and “bad” respectively, the state pollution watchdog said in a declaration.
The principal bench of the NGT on Monday unquestionably imposed a total restriction on sale and use of firecrackers in all “cities and towns where the typical ambient air quality in November last year was “poor or even worse”. Only green crackers can be sold in cities or towns where air quality is “moderate” or below, and the timings for use and bursting of crackers be restricted to two hours during celebrations, like Diwali, Chhath, New Year/Christmas eve, the NGT had actually said.
If timing was not specified by the states worried, green crackers will be enabled in cities with “moderate” air quality and below, from 8 to 10 pm on Diwali and Gurupurab, 6 am to 8 am on Chhath and 11.55 pm to 12.30 am during Christmas and New year eve. The Bihar State Contamination Control Board had on November 10 written to the chief secretary and the director general of cops informing them about the NGT order.
Principal secretaries of Home and Environment, Forest Departments, district magistrates and superintendents of cops were likewise apprised of the order. Board chairman Ashok Kumar Ghosh has actually interested individuals to follow the order and be a responsible person for securing the environment.
Ignoring the pollution watchdog’s initiative, the sale of firecrackers in the 3 cities, consisting of the state capital, is widespread as sellers and purchasers do not have any information about the restriction on the sale or use of firecrackers. “We do not have any such information that sale of crackers has been banned in Patna. We heard that there are some states which have prohibited bursting of crackers,” a shopkeeper, who set up a roadside firecracker stall in Rajiv Nagar, stated.
Policemen were likewise not seen preventing them from selling crackers. “What I understand is that there is no ban on sale of crackers in any city of Bihar. Had I known it, I would not have actually bought crackers for my 14- year-old kid,” said Ajay Kumar, who was buying firecrackers from a shop in Dull road in the state capital.
When approached for his comment, Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi stated, “we have actually not received any order.As and when we get the order, we will take needed action to impose the restriction.”
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