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NGT extends ban on sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR and other cities amid declining air quality

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The National Green Court (NGT) on Wednesday extended the ban on the sale and use of all firecrackers in view of the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) and other cities, where air quality is Poor and above category.

He said that during Christmas and New Years, the use of green cookies will be allowed between 11.55 pm and 12.30 am, but only in places where the air quality is in the moderate zone or better.

A bank headed by NGT Chairman Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel said his direction to restrict the use of firecrackers will continue.

“There will be a total ban on the sale and use of all types of firecrackers during the Covid-19 pandemic in the NCR and in all cities / towns in the country where ambient air quality is in the category of poor and above “said the bank. .

The NGT also ordered the district magistrates to ensure that firecrackers were not sold in Delhi-NCR and ordered strict enforcement of the ban.

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Last month, before Diwali, the NGT imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of all types of firecrackers from midnight on November 9 to midnight on November 30 in Delhi and NCR, as well as in places they had registered poor air quality levels in 2019..

The NGT then attached a list of 122 locations across the country, which had recorded poor air quality levels as of November 2019.

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