On Wednesday, the Punjab government has announced a two-hour time limit for firing green firecrackers across the state on the occasion of Diwali and Gurpurab. These orders will be implemented by the concerned Deputy Commissioners and District Police on the recommendation of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB).
On the occasion of Diwali, firecrackers are allowed to be fired from 8 pm to 10 pm on October 24, while on Gurpurb day, on November 8, firecrackers can be fired in two slots for one hour from 4 am to 5 am and one hour from 9 to 10 pm. is allowed
Apart from this, on the occasion of Christmas, firecrackers have been allowed from 11.55 to 12.30 pm on December 25 and from 11.55 to 12.30 pm on December 31 including New Year.
Besides, the PPCB has decided to encourage community celebration of the festival, while e-commerce sites have been banned from selling or delivering firecrackers in Punjab. Senior PPCB officials said, “Only green firecrackers approved by the court are allowed in all districts of Punjab.
Only green crackers will be allowed following the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directives as well as various judicial orders passed amid reports of increased cases of Covid and other respiratory problems with crackers. .
The order issued on Wednesday said that “we will encourage community firecrackers.” The order said that the police and district administration should ensure the observance of time during the festivals and also register cases against violators.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to lift the ban on firecrackers in Delhi on Monday. The Supreme Court had said that “we will not lift the ban on firecrackers in the National Capital Region. The Supreme Court had said that our mandate is very clear.
With Delhi banning the sale of crackers ahead of Diwali, wholesalers in Punjab are being offered huge discounts by their Delhi counterparts.