CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Administration on Friday (September 30) allowed the use of green crackers on Diwali, Gurpurab and Dussehra. The decision has been taken by the Administrator, Banwarilal Purohit ahead of the festive season. The Residents of the City will be able to burst green crackers for specific time period.
As per the official orders, the city residents will be allowed the use of green crackers on Diwali ( from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm) and for Dussehra for burning of effigy and for Gurupurab (from 4.00 am to 5.00 am and 9.00 pm to 10.00 pm).
The Supreme Court has allowed the sale of green crackers with direction that on Diwali days or on any other festivals like Gurupurab etc. Fireworks to take place strictly from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm only. Further Ld NGT Principal Bench, New Delhi has also allowed to restrict use of the Crackers in cities/towns where air quality is moderate or below. It was also directed that use if green crackers only would be allowed and that to for duration of not more than two hours.
As per the detail report on Air Quality Index (AQI) received from the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee the air quality during the Diwali month in the year 2020 and 2021 was found to be moderate/satisfactory, therefore the Chandigarh Administration has allowed the use of green crackers in the city.