The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a notice to 18 states and union territories on Wednesday taking seriously the pollution caused by firecrackers. Petitions filed by various groups have demanded a ban on firecrackers by 30 November. The NGT extended the scope of hearing of cases related to it to the National Capital Region (NCR).
A bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has already sent notices to the governments of Delhi, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh in this matter. While the Rajasthan and Odisha governments have issued notifications to ban the purchase and sale of firecrackers in their states.
NGT responds to pollution from firecrackers from Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Uttarakhand Is sought
The bench said that all the concerned states, where the air quality is not satisfactory, may consider steps to purchase and sell firecrackers like Odisha and Rajasthan. Hearing various petitions, the NGT had on November 2 issued notice to the Union Ministry of Environment and four states seeking its reply. The petitions have demanded a ban on firecrackers from 7 to 30 November.