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Punjab to ban crackers in cities that had poor AQI last year: Chief Secretary

TWO DAYS after the Punjab government wrote to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) advocating that the state does not need to ban firecrackers in its non-attainment cities, it has decided to ban crackers in cities that had “poor” AQI last year. The move came after the NGT on Monday ordered a total ban against the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from midnight of November 9-10 to the midnight of November 30-December 1.

Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan told The Indian Express that the government will comply with the NGT orders, and “the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is preparing a list of the cities which had poor AQI last year”. She added that the state government had already written to the tribunal stating that it did not feel the need to ban crackers, but if the latter had given a direction, the government would comply with it. “We are checking where all we will need to ban crackers. We have monitoring systems only in a few cities. The chief secretary will take a call. The ban orders are likely to be out tomorrow,” said an official of PPCB on Monday.

News source ~ Indian Express