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“Keeping Sentiments In Mind…”: Himanta Sarma Vs Green Body On Crackers

Notification says air pollution because of firecrackers can worsen signs of Covid sufferers. (Representational)

New Delhi:

The ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers in Assam was imposed by the state air pollution management physique with out consulting the state authorities and is now being reviewed “keeping people’s sentiments in mind”, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated at this time.

The Assam Pollution Control Board issued a notification yesterday, imposing a whole ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers throughout Diwali, Chhath and Christmas. While inexperienced crackers have been allowed, the board has set cut-off dates on when they are often burst — eight pm to 10 pm throughout Diwali, 6 pm to eight pm on Chhath and 11.55 pm to 12.30 am on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Mr Sarma took to Twitter at this time to boost the difficulty. “Assam Pollution Control Board has, reportedly, suo motu, without any consultation with Govt, issued an order banning sale of firecrackers & other restrictions,” he tweeted.

“We’ve taken note of this. The entire issue is being reviewed afresh, holistically, keeping people’s sentiments in mind,” the Chief Minister added.

The notification by the state air pollution management board cites rulings by National Green Tribunal and underlines that chemical compounds launched throughout bursting of firecrackers have a extreme influence on respiratory well being. It provides that such air pollution can irritate signs of Covid-19 sufferers.

Pollution attributable to bursting of firecrackers has come beneath the highlight over the previous few years, with a number of states banning sale and bursting of crackers throughout pageant season.

Political events, nonetheless, tread cautiously on the difficulty to keep away from backlash as such curbs are seen as an assault on non secular traditions.

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