Diwali crackers: CPCB raps NCR
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.