The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned the sale and bursting of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region till November 30 because of resurgence of Covid-19 and high pollution levels
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A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, said the order would apply to all cities and towns where air quality in November last year was in “poor” and above categories.
In cities/towns where air quality was “moderate” or below, only green crackers should be sold and timings for bursting these should be restricted to two hours during festivals as may be specified by the state concerned, it said.
The newly-appointed Commission for Air Quality Management for NCR and adjoining areas too stressed the need to strictly enforce laws to cut pollution. The directions may bring some respite to residents struggling with smog with meteorologists expecting no help on the weather front.