Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023

CHANDIGARH: Punjab authorities led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann, will strictly enable use of solely inexperienced crackers for a really brief period on Diwali, Gurpurab, Christmas and New Year.Divulging extra particulars, the Environment Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer mentioned that in compliance of varied instructions by Hon’ble Supreme Court, National Green Tribunal (NGT), Punjab & Haryana High Court and Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), the state authorities is encouraging use of inexperienced crackers. He mentioned that because the festive season of Diwali, Gurupurab, Christmas and New Year Eve is approaching throughout which the lScience, Technology and setting division will enable solely inexperienced crackers that don’t use barium salt or compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic, lead or strontium chromate. Meet Hayer mentioned that solely inexperienced crackers can busted on Diwali (from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm), Gurpurab (from 4:00 am to 05:00 am and from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm), Christmas eve (from 11:55 pm until 12:30 am) and New Year Eve (from 11:55 pm until 12:30 am).

The Minister mentioned that the manufacture, inventory, distribute, sale and use of joined hearth crackers (collection crackers or laries) is banned within the State. He mentioned that it has additionally been directed that the sale shall be by way of licensed merchants for the permitted hearth crackers solely. Meet Hayer mentioned that no e-commerce web sites together with Flipkart, Amazon and others shall settle for any on-line orders and impact on-line gross sales inside the State of Punjab.

The Minister mentioned that the Punjab Pollution Control Board has been directed to hold out brief time period monitoring within the chosen cities of the State. He mentioned that the police authorities shall make sure the sale and use of allowed inexperienced hearth crackers through the permitted time and at designated locations including that any violation of the instructions will invite instant penal motion.

Meet Hayer additionally appealed to most of the people to encourage group hearth cracking at pre-identified areas/fields designated by the involved authorities.

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