On Wednesday, an order for complete ban on firecrackers were made by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB). The order said that there is a complete ban on all types of firecrackers. Sale and bursting of crackers is prohibited said the order. During Diwali and Chhath, only green crackers can be sold in the state and people can burst the crackers between 8pm and 10pm. The board said, “2 hours during Chhatt Puja from 6-8am and 35 minutes during Christmas and New Year’s eve from 11:55pm to 12:30am.”
The order stated, “Considering the fact that bursting of fire crackers releases harmful chemicals, having severe impact on the respiratory health of vulnerable groups and the fact that such pollutants aggravate health conditions of Covid-19 positive persons and persons staying in home isolation and considering the latest assessment of the air quality across the state of West Bengal.”
Sale and bursting of all kinds of crackers are completely banned by the board. Only green crackers can be used in the state till the further notice.
“Prior permission of the district magistrate /commissioners of police/ superintendents of police shall be required for use of only green crackers for a limited period (not more than two hours) in the state,” said the order. The state pollution control board order said that there shall be strict compliance of all terms and conditions mentioned in the order passed by the Supreme Court.
National capital is also not allowing the bursting of firecrackers this Diwali. Gurugram is also going to have cracker-free diwali. Rajasthan government, too, has banned their sale and use from October 1 and will last till 31 January 2022.
The bench said, “Our order must be complied with. It is not the question whether one content or the other. It is being sold openly in the market and used by people. We would like to know if a ban is there, how come they are available in markets.”
Haryana and Punjab have also banned the use of firecrackers this Diwali.