With Diwali a day away, many states across India have decided to put a ban on the usage of firecrackers in their jurisdiction, imposing fines on those who continue to buy or sell them.
Here’s a look at the states that have prohibited the usage of firecrackers for Diwali 2021
The Haryana government on Monday banned the sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers in 14 National Capital Region (NCR) districts and in those cities/towns where the average ambient air quality during November last year was of ‘poor’ and above category.
The decision has been taken considering the possibility of the elderly, children, persons with co-morbidities, and others developing respiratory problems amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the approaching winter season.
Ahead of Diwali, Odisha Government on Monday said that only green fireworks will be allowed for sale and use in the state. A complete ban has also been imposed on other firecrackers. Odisha government also mentioned that the green fireworks should only be sold at designated sites as permitted by the concerned authority, and has banned their sale on the internet.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said that he has issued directions to ban the sale of firecrackers and restrict their use to protect COVID-19 patients and the public from their ill effects. This move comes as air pollution is on the rise in the northern states of the country currently.
Assam’s Pollution Control Board (PCB) on October 22 issued a notification imposing a complete ban on the bursting and sale of all kinds of firecrackers, except green crackers. As per the notification, green crackers can be burst only for two hours during Diwali from 8 pm to 10 pm and from 6 am to 8 am during Chhath puja. For Christmas and New Year Eve, the timing was fixed from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am.
The state government has imposed a ban on the storage, distribution, sale, usage, and manufacturing of the joined firecrackers across Punjab. The usage and sale of green crackers have been permitted by the government for festivals. People will only be allowed to burst crackers on Diwali from 8 to 10 pm in the state.
The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has banned the sale and use of all kinds of fireworks during Kali Puja, Diwali, and other festivals. The board had earlier allowed the sale and bursting of green fireworks.
Green crackers will be allowed on the evening of Diwali and Kali Puja for two hours from 8pm to 10pm. Bursting of green crackers will be allowed for two hours on Chhat Puja from 6am to 8am, and for 35 minutes on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the notification by the Board further said.
(With ANI Inputs)
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