The Punjab authorities has advised the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal (NGT) that there isn’t any want for a ban on use of firecrackers as no a part of the state falls within the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR).
It mentioned Steady Ambient Air High quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) have been put in within the non-attainment cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh, Patiala, Jalandhar and Khanna and the Air High quality Index (AQI) remained within the vary of excellent in August, passable in September and reasonable in October.
It mentioned the Punjab authorities had notified the time restrictions on bursting of firecrackers throughout Diwali, Gurpurab, Christmas and New Yr by issuing public discover in numerous newspaper by the State Air pollution Management Board.
“In view of the above said details and after due consideration of the matter within the background of COVID-19 pandemic, it’s respectfully apprised that ban on the usage of fireplace crackers shouldn’t be required within the state of Punjab,” it mentioned.
The NGT was earlier knowledgeable that air air pollution is a crucial co-factor rising the chance of mortality from COVID-19 as per newest analysis.
Senior advocate Raj Panjawani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh, who’ve been appointed by the tribunal as amicus curiae in a case associated to ban on fireplace crackers, had advised a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A Ok Goel that particulate air air pollution contributed 15 per cent to COVID-19 mortality worldwide.
“The newest analysis on publicity to air air pollution and danger of demise from COVID-19 an infection means that ‘air air pollution is a crucial cofactor rising the chance of mortality from COVID-19’,” they mentioned.
“The examine additionally states that this discovering ought to present ‘further motivation for combining bold insurance policies to cut back air air pollution with measures to manage the transmission of COVID- 19’. The examine estimates that particulate air air pollution contributed 15 per cent to COVID-19 mortality worldwide,” they added.
The NGT reserved the order and mentioned it will likely be uploaded on its web site by November 9.
The NGT had on November 2 issued discover to Ministry of Atmosphere and Forests (MoEF) and 4 states on whether or not use of fireplace crackers be banned from November 7 to 30 within the curiosity of public well being and atmosphere.
The tribunal was listening to a plea by Indian Social Accountability Community, filed by Santosh Gupta, searching for motion towards air pollution by use of fireplace crackers in NCR throughout the time air high quality is unsatisfactory with potential of severity of COVID-19 pandemic.