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NGT bans sale, use of firecrackers in NCR on November 9-30

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel clarified that the direction will apply to all cities and towns in the country where the average of ambient air quality during November (as per available data of last year) fell under the 'poor' and above categories.

November 09, 2020 / 05:15 PM IST

A total ban on sale or use of any kind of firecrackers will be imposed in the NCR from the midnight of November 9 to the midnight of November 30, a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order on November 9 stated.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel clarified that the direction will apply to all cities and towns in the country where the average of ambient air quality during November (as per available data of last year) fell under the 'poor' and above categories.

As per the order, the ban on crackers is also applicable to all cities/towns in the country where air quality during November falls under 'poor' and above category.

It further directed that, the cities/towns where air quality is ‘moderate’ or below, only green crackers be sold and the timings for use and bursting of crackers be restricted to two hours during festivals, like Diwali, Chatt, New Year/Christmas Eve etc., as may be specified by the concerned State.