Aiming to reduce pollution levels around Deepavali, the Chhattisgarh Government has imposed a ban on the use of firecrackers with high decibels during the festival.
A restriction has been imposed on sale of firecrackers that produce noise above 125 dB (AI) or 145 dB for four meters in the entire state.
The state government has appealed people to help in prevention of environmental pollution and have decided to run a special campaign for a pollution-free Deepavali.
The Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) chairman Aman Kumar Singh has issued a circular to all the division commissioners and district collectors and has asked them to take effective steps in this regard.
As per the circular, bursting of firecrackers will be prohibited between 10 pm to 6 am and in the range of 100 meters of sensitive areas like hospitals, educational institutes, courts, religious premises etc.
Raipur district collector has been asked to undertake an intensive drive to limit air pollution in the state capital and also to take strict actions against of open solid waste burning.
The CECB chairman has told the officials in the circular that they should give information about noise pollution and air pollution to the students as well about the bad effects of firecrackers.
He has also asked to school children in the public awareness campaign.
The divisional commissioners and district collectors have also been asked to follow the orders of the Environment Department of the Chhattisgarh Government and the National Green Tribunal inevitably against stubble burning.
The Supreme Court on Monday restored the ban on the sale of firecrackers till 1 November in Delhi.
The court, while delivering its order, said that it wanted to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Deepavali.
Deepavali, the festival of lights, is celebrated across India by bursting crackers, and is often blamed for leaving the national capital thick with smoke and pollution. ANI
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