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CPCB writes to Noida DM over unauthorised firecracker sale

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Board has issued a notice to district over the sale of unauthorised fire crackers despite a ban.

The Delhi-recorded its worst air quality in the 'severe' category a day after Diwali. Authorities attributed the spike in pollution level to burning of toxic fire crackers.

In a letter, CPCB S P Singh Parihar said it had been reported that fire crackers other than those permitted by the apex court were sold and burst on Diwali in Nagar district.

"The above status indicates non-compliance of the order," the letter said.

"Direction is hereby issued to district to submit report on action taken to prevent sale of unauthorised fire crackers in district along with reason for non-compliance of the order," it said.

The board has sought the report within seven days.

Meanwhile, the Nagar administration asked the city magistrates of and Greater along with all police station heads (SHOs) in the district to submit their action taken report within a week.

The Supreme Court had in a recent ruling allowed people to burst firecrackers from 8 pm to 10 pm only on Diwali and other festivals.

It also allowed the manufacture and sale of just "green crackers" with low-emission of light, sound and

But despite the court order, certain places recorded violations wherein firecrackers were burnt before and after the set time frame.

"As per the Supreme Court order, the strict implementation of the order is the responsibility of the SHO, city and deputy collector. In this situation, you are directed to report by November 12 what steps did you take to ensure action against violators of the court's order and under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986,"said in the letter.

He also asked the officials to ensure the implementation of the court order, added the letter, a copy of which was sent to district police chief,

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 15:45 IST