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Punjab limits use of firecrackers to two hours on Diwali, Gurpurb

Press Reporter News Service
Faridkot/Patiala, October 26

The Punjab authorities has introduced a brand new coverage to strictly regulate the sale and use of firecrackers this Diwali—a measure that state officers hope will restrict air pollution ranges within the state because the competition season progresses.

A brand new order issued by the state authorities to manage using fireworks in an try to convey down air pollution ranges has prohibited gross sales of non-green firecrackers—fireworks that use air pollution inflicting brokers like barium salts or compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury arsenic, lead, or strontium, and chromate in its manufacturing.

The brand new order additionally banned the distribution, inventory, sale, and use of ‘laaris’, or clustered firecrackers.

In Jalandhar and Mandi Gobindgarh, nevertheless, the sale and distribution of every kind of firecrackers have been banned from the midnight of October 28-29 to the midnight of December 31-January 1. The ban comes on the again of an order from the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal orders after air high quality plummeted in these cities in November 2020.

The remainder of the state should strictly adhere to a set time restrict for utilizing firecrackers—fireworks have to be restricted to 2 hours on Diwali, from 8 pm to 10 pm; on Gurpurb (November 19) from 4 am to five am and later from 9 pm to 10 pm; on Christmas and New Yr’s Eve between 11.55 pm and 12.30 am.

The order additionally bans e-commerce web sites, together with Flipkart and Amazon, from promoting fireworks on-line.

The brand new order seems considerably at odds with a November 2019 order of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal, which known as for an entire ban on the sale and use of every kind of fireworks in cities with poor ambient air.

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