Assam PCB sets time limit for bursting of crackers from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali

Guwahati: The Pollution Control Board (PCB) has published guidelines, stating that there is a complete ban on selling and bursting of any conventional firecrackers till further notice. The time limit has been fixed by the PCB for a maximum of 2 hours on Diwali from 8 PM to 10 PM and only green crackers are allowed to be sold and bought in the state.

Firecrackers are allowed for Chhath Puja from 6 am to 8 pm and on Christmas eve from 11:55 am to 12:30 pm. Also PCB will ask the Deputy Commissioners of the respective districts for any occasion other than the above mentioned festivals. It was clear about taking further permission for using any type of firecrackers.

Hence the decision for upcoming festivals is taken under the directions of National Green Tribunal, keeping in mind that bursting of traditional firecrackers generates highly harmful toxic chemicals which cause serious environmental issues for the environment. Some of the world's most polluted cities, India is at highest risk of festival excess pollution, with air 12 times less than the World Health Organisation's recently drafted guidelines.

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