Air pollution: NGT notice to center to ban fire crackers from Nov 7-30 | 4 states including Center asked to ban firecrackers by 30 November; Rajasthan put up till 31 December » India News
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Air pollution: NGT notice to center to ban fire crackers from Nov 7-30 | 4 states including Center asked to ban firecrackers by 30 November; Rajasthan put up till 31 December

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The NGT has issued notices to the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan seeking answers. (File photo)

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has taken a tough stand on air pollution just before Diwali. The NGT has issued a notice to the Central Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) and 4 other state governments to ban firecrackers from 7 to 30 November.

NGT said, “These steps are necessary for public health and environmental protection.” The bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice AK Goel, in this matter, besides the Central Ministry of Environment and Forest, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution The Board of Control has also given notice to the Delhi Police Commissioner. The governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have also sought answers.

However, within a few hours the Rajasthan government also issued an order to ban firecrackers. According to the state home ministry, until December 31, firecrackers in the state will be completely banned.

Two lawyers appointed as amicus curiae
The tribunal has appointed senior advocates Raj Panjwani and Shivani Ghosh as amicus curiae to assist the governments and the Pollution Control Board in the matter. Air quality is continuously getting worse in Delhi-NCR. Pollution may exacerbate the Corona epidemic crisis. Based on this, the Indian Social Responsibility Network filed a petition before the NGT. The petition also cited the statements of the Union Health Minister and the Health Minister of Delhi, stating that air pollution could increase cases of corona infection in Delhi during the festive season.

More bad effect of pollution on corona patients
The petition described the rising pollution as harmful to corona patients. It was said that the life risk of corona patients is more. Some study reports have been cited. In which pollution has been said to increase the death rate. Right now, more than 5 thousand patients are being found in Delhi every day. In such a situation, burning green crackers will not be right. Its smoke will form the entire gas chamber.

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