The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued notice to the Environment Ministry, the Central Pollution Control Board, and others on whether the use of crackers should be banned from November 7 to 30.
A bench of NGT Chairperson, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel (retd) sought the response on an application filed by the Indian Social Responsibility Network seeking remedial action against pollution by firecrackers. The applicant stated that increased pollution may affect vulnerable groups and increase the COVID fatality rate.
The application has been filed at a time when Delhi and the surrounding regions are facing the wrath of Air Pollution.
“COVID cases in Delhi may go up to 15,000 per day if pollution increases. The use of green crackers will not remedy the situation. The smoke will choke and may create gas chamber like situation. It will lead to poor visibility, hazy conditions, and asphyxia,” the application added.