In view of Corona virus pandemic, the Chhattisgarh government on Monday issued fixed two hours of duration for bursting firecrackers on the occasion of Deepawali, Chhath, Guruparva, Christmas and New Year to cent percent compliance of the directives issued by the National Green Tribunal in the state, the government order said.
As per the order, the duration for bursting firecrackers on Deepavali festival is from 8 pm to 10 pm, from 6 am to 8 am on Chhath Puja, 8 pm to 10 pm on Guruparav and 11.55 pm to 12.30 am on New Year or Christmas, it added.
As per the directive issued by the Supreme Court, only improvised and green firecrackers which produce less pollution, can be sold by licensed traders. And only those firecrackers can be sold whose sound level is within the prescribed range, the order said.
The sale, use and manufacture of series crackers is prohibited and directives have also been given to cancel licenses of manufacturers of firecrackers, which have used lithium, arsenic, antimony, lead and mercury in firecrackers. Besides, sale of firecrackers from online platforms such as Flipkart, Amazon etc. will be banned, it further said.
Chhattisgarh Environmental Conservation Board has directed all seven regional offices of the state to conduct regular monitoring of ambient air quality in Raipur, Durg-Bhilai, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur following the directives of the Central Pollution Control Board. In addition, the authorities have also been directed to upload its results in the website, the order said.
The monitoring will take place in Raipur from November 7 to 21 and in in Durg-Bhilai, Bilaspur, Korba, Raigarh, Ambikapur and Jagdalpur from 9 to 14 November at two or three sites, the order further said.