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Will implement NGT order on firecrackers' ban: Maharashtra govt to HC

The NGT's Delhi bench had on November 9 passed an order banning the use of firecrackers

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Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Air quality is poor in several districts of Maharashtra

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Thursday informed the that it would implement the Green Tribunal's (NGT) order banning in districts where the was poor or worse.

A division bench headed by Justice A K Menon accepted the statement and disposed of a public interest litigation filed by a Pune resident seeking a complete ban on in the state from November 10 to November 20.

In his petition Aniruddha Deshpande, who runs a "Right to Breathe" campaign, stated that air quality is poor in several districts of the state, and he also raised concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petition stated that air pollution caused by directly affects the respiratory tract and highlighted that three states in the country had already issued ban on them.

Government pleader P P Kakade on Thursday informed the court that the state government has issued a letter to all concerned officers for implementing the NGT order "in letter and spirit".

The court accepted this statement and disposed of the petition.

The NGT's Delhi bench had on November 9 passed an order banning the use of firecrackers in cities and towns where the was "poor" or "worse".

The NGT order had stated that in places where the ambient air quality fell under the "moderate" or below category, the sale of "green" crackers would be permitted and timings for bursting crackers would be restricted to two hours.

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First Published: Thu, November 12 2020. 19:11 IST