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    Like ‘controlled’ drinking, ‘controlled’ bursting of firecrackers is okay: Assam Environment Minister

    NGT sent notices to 18 states including Assam to reply on pollution by firecrackers during Diwali

    GUWAHATI: Amid the National Green Tribunal (NGT) notice regarding pollution from firecrackers, the Assam government has decided not to ban firecrackers ahead of Diwali.

    Assam’s Environment and Forest Department Parimal Suklabaidya said that the government was advocating a controlled way of Diwali celebration rather than completely banning the bursting of firecrackers.

    The minister interestingly compared the bursting of firecrackers with drinking alcohol. He said, “Like controlled drinking is okay and controlled bursting of firecrackers is also acceptable. We must ensure that it should not impact the environment like our health.”

    Earlier, a bench headed by the chairperson of the NGT sent notices to 18 states and union territories of India including Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya to expand the scope of hearing cases on pollution by firecrackers during Diwali.

    Following the order, the Delhi Government, Sikkim and other states have banned firecrackers in Diwali.

    Suklabaidya’s comments have come against the backdrop of rising apprehensions about firecrackers due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

    Additionally, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan have also banned firecrackers.


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