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Gurugram bans production, sale, storage of firecrackers for 3 months. All you need to know

The Gurugram district administration, under the authority of Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav, has issued an order imposing a comprehensive ban on the production, sale, and storage of all types of firecrackers. The ban is set to be effective from November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024, with the exception of green firecrackers. This move comes as a response to concerns regarding air and noise pollution as well as solid waste issues associated with firecrackers.

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In a significant development, the Gurugram district administration has taken a proactive step to address environmental concerns by imposing a ban on firecrackers, except green ones, during the upcoming festive season. The ban, effective from November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024, aims to curb air and noise pollution, as well as solid waste problems linked to the use of firecrackers.

The decision to implement this ban was made under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and also takes into account the Explosive Act of 1884 and the Explosive Rules. It specifically targets joined firecrackers, with the exception of green crackers, and prohibits the use of barium salts in fireworks.

During festivals such as Diwali, Gurpurab, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas, residents will have a limited window to burst firecrackers. For Diwali and Gurpurab, the allowed time is from 8 pm to 10 pm, while on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it is from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am.

Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav, who issued the order, emphasized the importance of this move, stating, “I prohibit the manufacture, sale, bursting, and use of joined firecrackers, except for green crackers, and ban the use of barium salts in fireworks in Gurugram district, as it causes air and noise pollution and solid waste problems.” This decision aligns with the district’s commitment to creating a cleaner and safer environment.

In 2018, the Supreme Court had ruled against a complete ban on firecrackers but allowed the sale of less polluting green crackers through licensed traders. The recent ban in Gurugram specifically targets joined firecrackers, except for green crackers, and the use of barium salts in fireworks.

To ensure compliance with the ban and to monitor air quality, Deputy Commissioner Yadav has directed the regional officer of the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to report data to respective websites, as per directives from the Supreme Court and Central Pollution Control Board.

Notably, e-commerce giants Flipkart and Amazon have been instructed not to accept online orders for firecrackers under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Additionally, efforts are underway to raise awareness about green crackers and help the public distinguish them from conventional ones.

The responsibility for enforcing the ban has been entrusted to Gurugram Police, Municipal Corporation Gurugram, and Municipal Corporation Manesar. The order emphasizes collaboration among various authorities to ensure strict implementation.

This decision reflects the district administration’s commitment to environmental conservation and public health. By limiting firecracker use, they aim to reduce pollution levels during the festive season, promoting a cleaner and safer environment for all residents.

News Summary:

  • Gurugram district administration has imposed a ban on the production, sale, and storage of firecrackers from November 1, 2023, to January 31, 2024, with exceptions for green firecrackers during festive occasions.
  • The ban targets joined firecrackers and the use of barium salts in fireworks to address air and noise pollution as well as solid waste problems.
  • Specific time windows for bursting firecrackers have been allocated during festivals like Diwali, Gurpurab, New Year’s Eve, and Christmas.
  • The move aligns with the district’s commitment to environmental conservation and public health, with e-commerce platforms instructed not to accept online orders for firecrackers. Authorities will collaborate to ensure strict enforcement of the ban.

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