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“Citizens are Entitled to Breathe Fresh Air”: NGT Bans Sale/Use of Firecrackers in Delhi NCR [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 10 Nov 2020 3:17am

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary “Citizens are Entitled to Breathe Fresh Air”: NGT Bans Sale/Use of Firecrackers in Delhi NCR [READ ORDER]

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) was hearing a suo motu plea initiation during the hearing on an application, filed by the Indian Social Responsibility Network through Santosh Gupta, who raised the issue of air pollution by the use of firecrackers in NCR at a time when air quality is at a 'very poor' level and the potential of worsening the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In a bid to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from worsening owing to poor air quality, the National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the National Capital Region from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 30.

A bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh and Kumar Goel, directed that the order will also 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) falls under 'poor' or worse category.

"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, etc, as may be specified by the concerned state," the order said.

The NGT said that restrictions are optional for the authorities at other places, but added that if there are more stringent measures under orders of the authorities, the same will prevail.

The tribunal, in its order, also said that all the states, Union Territories, Pollution… Continue Reading...

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