NCR towns get notices for violating ban on crackers
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.