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Firecracker guidelines as per states

Firecracker guidelines as per states

Ahead of Diwali, states and Union Territories have issued new policies restricting the bursting of firecrackers as directed by the Supreme Court (SC). The apex court has banned the bursting of firecrackers, saying it causes air pollution. However, the court recently explained that there is no blanket banned, and only those crackers containing Barium salts are prohibited from cracking.

The SC said.

"It is made completelythat there is no totally ban on use of firecrackers. Only those firecracker are banned which are found to be injurious to health and affects the health of the citizens, more particularly the children and the senior citizens,"

The court said if states and UT fail to implement their order, it will be viewed seriously. The top court further directed the forms to use electronic, print media, and local cable services to alert citizens on its directions on the manufacture, sale, and use of banned firecracker.

Many states and UTs have issued new guidelines banning firecrackers. Here's the list -

Assam

Assam's Pollution Control Board (PCB) on 22 October issued a notification imposing a complete ban on the cracking and sale of all kinds of firecrackers, except green Firecracker.

Delhi

The Delhi government has put a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers. The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) on 28 September had ordered a total ban on the sale and cracking of firecrackers in the city till 1 January 2022.

Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh government earlier this week issued guidelines allowing the bursting of firecrackers during Guruparva and Diwali from 8 pm till 10 pm and on Chhath Puja from 6 am to 8 am, and from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am on New Year and Christmas. However, the sale of firecrackers that produce high-decibel sounds that violate prescribed limits will not be allowed.

Chandigarh

Chandigarh has forced a complete ban on the sale or use of firecrackers of any kind to prevent the fear of the spread of Covid due to the polluted atmosphere.

Karnataka

On Saturday, the Karnataka government ordered the sale and bursting of only green crackers during Diwali. "Other than green crackers that have been permitted by the Supreme Court in its directions, no other crackers can be sold or burst," an order signed by the Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said.

Punjab

Like others, the Punjab government, too, has banned manufacturing, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of firecrackers over the state and said that only green crackers would be allowed during the festival season.

Haryana

On Sunday, the Haryana government imposed a total ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in 14 districts under the National Capital Region (NCR). "There will be a total ban on sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers in Bhiwani, Charkhi Dadri, Faridabad, Gurugram, Jhajjar, Jind, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Nuh, Palwal, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonipat," a government order said.

Rajasthan

The Rajasthan government on 30 September had issued a notification banning the sale and use of firecrackers from 1 October 2021 to 31 January 2022. However, it has now allowed the use and sale of green crackers in the state, except in areas under the NCR.

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Read More: New guidelines for Firecracker on Diwali in Karnataka

Tamil Nadu

On Saturday, the Tamil Nadu government said the apex court's directives vis-a-vis firecrackers would be fully implemented. In compliance with such orders, the state government has banned the manufacture of firecrackers with Barium salt content and the 'Saravedi' kind of firecracker (wherein single units are clubbed together to make it a string). Also, storage, transportation, and sale of such products are prohibited.

West Bengal

The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) has banned the sale and use of all kinds of fireworks during Kali Puja, Diwali, and other festivals. The board had earlier allowed the sale and bursting of green fireworks. WBPCB Chairman Kalyan Rudra said that the committee held meetings with police and administration to fine-tune strategies to stop the supply of fireworks into the market and ensure no bursting of firecrackers during the festivals.

This came just a day when Calcutta High Court banned all firecrackers' sale, purchase, and use during Kali Puja, Diwali, Chhath Puja, Jagadhatri Puja, Guru Nanak's birthday, Christmas, and New Year's Eve celebrations to check air pollution amid Covid.

Odisha

Odisha's Special Relief Commissioner on 30 September had prohibited the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive season between 1 October and 1 November to protect the general public's health and curb the spread of Covid infection. However, on Friday, the Orissa High Court asked the state government to decide by 1 November on the green crackers sale and use during festival Diwali after holding discussions with fireworks sellers. The state is yet to announce a new notification.

Puducherry

Puducherry has allowed the sale of firecrackers at low prices ahead of Diwali. Papsco, a government agency, has set up shops across the UT to sell the firecrackers at subsidized rates. Patapsco is providing firecrackers at a 75% subsidy to the general public.

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