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The NGT had on November 2 issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four states on whether use of fire crackers be banned from November 7 to 30 in the interest of public health and environment. Police force was deployed in strength at various places to check violations regarding bursting of crackers.    The Golden Temple in Amritsar was illuminated with special lighting system and traditional 'diyas'. There have been cases where people gave gone blind or have been affected with low vision. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines. PGI Director Dr Jagat Ram said that people, especially those with comorbidities have to extremely careful. It said Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) have been installed in the 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. Sustaining journalism of this quality needs smart and thinking people like you to pay for it. Quarantine and whose passports have been received from various airports 24 Nov, 2020; Disaster Management Plan 2020-21, District Fatehgarh Sahib 23 Sep, 2020; List of Agriculture Implements to be given to farmers prepared based on Computerized Randomization 18 Sep, 2020; Notification of Social Impact Assessment regarding … Not just air pollution but even case of burn injuries and eye injuries have increased over the years. Ltd. All rights reserved. New Delhi: The Punjab government has told the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that there is no need for a ban on use of fire crackers as no part of the state falls in the National Capital Region (NCR). And families have repented. The NGT was earlier informed that air pollution is an important co-factor increasing the risk of mortality from COVID-19 as per latest research. It said the Punjab government had notified the time restrictions on bursting of fire crackers during Diwali, Gurpurab, Christmas and New Year by issuing public notice in various newspaper through the State Pollution Control Board. 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During the day, devotees made a beeline at temples and gurdwaras to offer prayers.    In Chandigarh, the administration had imposed a complete ban on the sale and use of firecrackers in the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic.    In Punjab, there was a two-hour window (8 pm to 10 pm) for use of green firecrackers, except in Mandi Gobindgarh, where a total ban has been imposed from the midnight of November 9 till November 30 midnight on account of its poor AQI levels.    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had on Friday appealed to the people to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas in a green, environment-friendly and COVID-safe manner.    He had also urged the people to refrain from bursting firecrackers altogether, even though the state government had allowed a 2-hour window in this regard, to check pollution, which could further aggravate the coronavirus situation.    In accordance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directions, the Haryana government imposed a complete ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from the midnight of November 9 to the midnight of November 30.    At other places, including Bahadurgarh, Ballabgarh, Dharuhera, Ambala and Manesar, where the air quality was in 'very poor' category during the current month, the state government had said the sale and use of firecrackers was banned in these places.    However, in other places of Haryana, citizens were allowed to burst crackers only for two hours, 8 pm to 10 pm, on Diwali. India needs free, fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism even more as it faces multiple crises. “We are in the midst of a pandemic and smoke from crackers will further increase the risk of Covid-19 as the virus also affects respiratory tract,” stated doctors from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, specifying that air pollution will provide an easy path to the coronavirus. Doctors further stated that Diwali celebrations will be possible next year only if people are careful this year. You have entered an incorrect email address! Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday appealed to the people to celebrate the festivals of Diwali and Bandi Chhor Diwas in an environment-friendly and COVID-safe manner. Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Additional Professor from Department of Community Medicine and School of Public Health said people will have to be really careful this Diwali. 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