Assam waits for NGT order over banning firecrackers during Diwali
The Assam government is likely to take a call on banning firecrackers during Diwali after the National Green Tribunal (NGT)’s ruling on the use of firecrackers during the festival of light.
The NGT has issued notices to 18 states, including Assam, while accepting multiple pleas seeking action against pollution by use of firecrackers in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Assam Tribune reported.
The tribunal felt that it may have to consider prohibiting the use of firecrackers to protect the health of the vulnerable groups in 122 non-attainment cities where air quality is generally beyond permissible limits.
Though there are 23 states and Union territories in total, Wednesday’s notice was sent only to 18 states as three states – Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh – were already issued notices and two others – Odisha and Rajasthan – have already taken action fearing an adverse impact on the COVID situation.