Di­wali crack­ers: CPCB raps NCR

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | THAT CHOKING SENSATION -

New Delhi: Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board has is­sued no­tices to au­thor­i­ties in Delhi-NCR for not restrict­ing burst­ing of unau­tho­rised fire­crack­ers de­spite a Supreme Court ban.

The no­tices have been sent to po­lice com­mis­sion­ers of Delhi, Farid­abad and Gu­ru­gram, SPs of Ghazi­abad and Gau­tam Budh Na­gar, and district mag­is­trates of Ghazi­abad, Farid­abad, Gur­gaon and Gau­tam Budh Na­gar.

The cap­i­tal’s air qual­ity on Wed­nes­day — the day of Di­wali — os­cil­lated be­tween “poor” and “very poor” cat­e­gories as au­thor­i­ties warned of se­vere de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of air qual­ity even if “par­tial toxic crack­ers” are burned com­pared to last year. How­ever, on Thurs­day, most air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions across the city had “very poor” air qual­ity and the AQI touched 390. On Fri­day, it reached “se­vere” lev­els at 423. Au­thor­i­ties at­trib­uted the spike in pol­lu­tion level to the burn­ing of toxic fire­crack­ers.

In the let­ter ad­dressed to the Delhi Po­lice com­mis­sioner, CPCB chair­per­son SP Singh Par­i­har said it had been re­ported that fire­crack­ers other than those per­mit­ted by the apex court were sold and burst on Di­wali in Delhi. “The above sta­tus in­di­cates non-com­pli­ance of the Supreme Court or­der,” the let­ter said. “Di­rec­tion is hereby is­sued to the com­mis­sioner of po­lice, Delhi, to sub­mit a re­port on ac­tion taken to prevent the sale of unau­tho­rised fire­crack­ers in Delhi,” it said.

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