NCR towns get no­tices for vi­o­lat­ing ban on crack­ers

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - HT Cor­re­spon­dents htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AIR QUAL­ITY IN­DEX HAD PLUM­METED SE­VERELY ACROSS DELHI­NCR IN THE MORN­ING AF­TER DI­WALI DUE TO THE USE OF FIRE­WORKS

The Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) on Fri­day is­sued no­tices to au­thor­i­ties in NCR towns — Delhi, Gu­ru­gram, Ghazi­abad and Gau­tam Budh Na­gar — for al­leged “non-com­pli­ance” of the Supreme Court’s direc­tions re­gard­ing a ban on the sale and use of con­ven­tional fire­crack­ers.

Of­fi­cials of the Gu­ru­gram ad­min­is­tra­tion said they are yet to re­ceive the no­tice.

CPCB of­fi­cials said Delhi Po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik had been is­sued a no­tice di­rect­ing him to file a re­port within a week for “not restrict­ing” the burst­ing of fire­crack­ers in Delhi.

Even though the SC had banned the sale and use of con­ven­tional fire­crack­ers which trig­gers heavy pol­lu­tion, wide­spread vi­o­la­tion of the ban was re­ported across NCR on Di­wali .

Air Qual­ity In­dex had plum­meted se­verely across Del­hiNCR in the morn­ing af­ter Di­wali. In­ces­sant use of il­le­gal fire­crack­ers, CPCB data shows, caused PM2.5 lev­els to sky­rocket in the hours be­tween Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Of­fi­cials said CPCB has asked the re­spec­tive of­fi­cials in each of th­ese towns to sub­mit re­ports on ac­tion taken to pre­vent the sale of unau­tho­rised fire­crack­ers in their re­spec­tive re­gions.

“We have sent a no­tice to the Delhi Po­lice com­mis­sioner late on Fri­day evening di­rect­ing him to file a re­port on why the burst­ing of fire crack­ers was not re­stricted in Delhi. The com­mis­sioner has also been asked to give rea­sons why the Supreme Court ban was vi­o­lated,” a se­nior CPCB of­fi­cial said.

A spokesman of the Delhi Po­lice how­ever said that they are yet to re­ceive any such no­tice from the pol­lu­tion con­trol body.

Noida and Ghazi­abad dis­tricts, in par­tic­u­lar, were sin­gled out as of­fi­cials said the two dis­tricts is­sued li­cences for cracker ven­dors though “green crack­ers” were not avail­able in the mar­ket.

“Since ‘green crack­ers’ were not avail­able any­where in the mar­ket, this meant that all fire­crack­ers that were sold in the mar­kets were in vi­o­la­tion of the direc­tions laid down by the apex court,” a se­nior CPCB of­fi­cial said. “The direc­tions were is­sued to the re­spec­tive dis­trict mag­is­trates as well as the su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice. They have been asked to re­ply within seven days,” the of­fi­cer added.

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