The Maharashtra authorities on Thursday knowledgeable the Bombay High Court that it might implement the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order banning firecrackers in districts the place the air high quality index was poor or worse.
A division bench headed by Justice A Ok Menon accepted the assertion and disposed of a public curiosity litigation filed by a Pune resident looking for a whole ban on firecrackers within the state from November 10 to November 20.
In his petition Aniruddha Deshpande, who runs a “Right to Breathe” marketing campaign, said that air high quality is poor in a number of districts of the state, and he additionally raised considerations over the COVID-19 pandemic.
The petition said that air air pollution attributable to firecrackers immediately impacts the respiratory tract and highlighted that three states within the nation had already issued ban on them.
Government pleader P P Kakade on Thursday knowledgeable the court docket that the state authorities has issued a letter to all involved officers for implementing the NGT order “in letter and spirit”.
The court docket accepted this assertion and disposed of the petition.
The NGT’s Delhi bench had on November 9 handed an order banning the usage of firecrackers in cities and cities the place the air high quality index was “poor” or “worse”.
The NGT order had said that in locations the place the ambient air high quality fell beneath the “moderate” or under class, the sale of “green” crackers can be permitted and timings for bursting crackers can be restricted to 2 hours.