GUWAHATI: The Pollution Control Board (PCB) of Assam issued a blanket ban on the sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the Guwahati city from Monday midnight to November 30 midnight.
The PCB order came following the directives of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in which the tribunal observed that bursting of firecrackers should be avoided to check on both air and noise pollution.
The pollution control board also said that the bursting of firecrackers releases a copious amount of harmful chemicals, which have a severe impact on the respiratory health of vulnerable groups and such pollutants can further aggravate health conditions of COVID-19 positives persons besides person staying in home isolation.
“Therefore, in the exercise of the powers conferred under Section 31(A) of Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 read with Rule 35 of Air (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Assam Rule, 1991 and keeping in view the need of public interest to curb high air pollution in Guwahati which is bracketed as “poor” quality in Air Quality Index (AQI), Pollution Control Board, Assam hereby directs total ban against sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the Guwahati city from midnight of November 9-10, 2020 to the midnight of November 30 – December 1, 2020, to be reviewed thereafter,” the official order said.
The PCB order added further that except Guwahati in other areas only green crackers can be sold and bursting is allowed only for two hours during Deepawali festivals from 8 pm to 10 pm; during Chatt Puja from 6 am to 8 am and during Christmas and New Year eve from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am.
It said, “The district magistrates and commissioners/superintendents of police shall implement the aforesaid directions. Daily Action Taken Reports to be submitted to PCB, Assam.”