TS can burst green crackers on Christmas and New Year days, from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am.
During Christmas, and New Year, green crackers can be used from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am only at places where air quality is ‘moderate’ or below,
The NGT also passed directions that District Magistrates must ensure that the banned firecrackers are not being sold under their jurisdiction and anyone found violating the norms can be penalized.
The decision in this regard was taken during a high- level meeting chaired by Home Minister Lachamliana on Monday.
Also, in comparison to the previous years, there has been a reduction of 30.34 per cent in the Air Quality Index.
The Delhi government had on November 5 banned the sale and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the city till November 30.
The other four are at UoH, ICRISAT, Pashamylaram and Bollaram industrial area.
Minto Eye Hospital, which usually sees more than 30 such cases almost every year, saw just three, all of them children, on the second day of the festival.
While ten persons were arrested for bursting firecrackers, another one was apprehended for selling the crackers.
People dependent on the cracker industry have also been hit hard due to the pandemic and restriction in timings to burst the fireworks.
On being informed about the ban, he refused to believe it and seemed confident that his stall would not be affected.
The bench observed that the government should have taken stringent steps as heightened air pollution due to busting of crackers may trigger a spike in Covid cases.
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The court directed the government to take measures to ensure that nobody resorts to the sale or purchase of firecrackers in the state and to give wide publicity in the media on the ban
Unlike last years, the usual hustle and bustle at many of the city's markets selling crackers, including Begum Bazar, Chandanagar, Kukatpally, Miyapur and Secunderabad was sorely missing this year.