No must ban hearth crackers, Punjab tells NGT


New Delhi, November 7

The Punjab Government has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that there is no need to ban fire crackers as no part of the state falls in the National Capital Region.

It said Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations had been installed in non-attainment cities of Amritsar, Ludhiana, Mandi Gobindgarh, Patiala, Jalandhar and Khanna and the air quality index (AQI) remained in the range of good in August, satisfactory in September and moderate in October.

It said the state had already notified time restrictions on bursting of crackers on Diwali, Gurpurb, Christmas and New Year. — PTI



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