Jammu- The Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Committee (PCC) has issued directions for sale and use of only "green crackers" in the capital cities Jammu, and Srinagar during the festive season.
The use or bursting of green or improved firecrackers on Diwali days or any other festival like Gurupurab, Christmas and New Year however, would be restricted to only two hours beginning 8 pm till 10 pm.
The PCC also directed for a strict ban on firecrackers with harmful chemicals like barium salts, lithium, mercury, arsenic, antimony and related chemicals for all practical purposes in the entire region besides banning completely the sale and use of joined fire crackers.
The PCC has issued these directions while taking cognizance of the air quality of JK coupled with the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Supreme Court of India and in exercise of powers under Section 17(f) and 17(j) of the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.
The directions of the Supreme Court are to be implemented and enforced by concerned District Magistrates and the police. Senior Superintendents of Police, Deputy Superintendents of Police, and the SHOs/Police officers shall be held personally liable for any violation in their jurisdictions of duty.
Pertinently, National Green Tribunal has already issued the directions under reference for combating the air pollution caused by bursting of firecrackers during the festivals of Diwali, Gurupurb, Christmas and New Year. The JK administration has also issued an order in this behalf for regulating the sale and use of fire crackers.
The Supreme Court of India is already seized with the matter and has issued an order on October 29, 2021 regarding the enforcement on manufacturing, use, and sale of banned firecrackers and adherence to the timing of bursting of the permitted "green" crackers.
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