Govt panel recommends use of green crackers in Jammu, Srinagar Cities

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Srinagar: A committee set up by the Jammu and Kashmir government Wednesday recommended the use of Green Crackers in the capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and warned of action in case of any violation.

According to the official communique, said that the state executive committee has issued the directions for regulating the activities related to sale and use of firecrackers in the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and recommended these of Green Crackers only.

The handout said that only “Green Crackers”, shall be permitted for sale and use in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

The use/ bursting of these green Crackers shall be restricted to only two hours during the festivals. The tuning shall be 8 Pm to 10 Pm on Diwali and Gurupurnab; from 6 am to 8 am on Chhatt and from 11:55 Pm to 12: 30 am on even of Christmas, the handout issued said.

It stated that all the Deputy commissioners shall execute extensive public awareness campaigns regarding the above.

It authorized The J-K state pollution control board and said that it shall carry out short-term monitoring in the cities for 14 days (Commencing immediately) for the parameters namely, Aluminum, Barium, Iron apart from the regulatory parameters against the short-term Ambient Air Quality Criteria Values (AAQCVS) proposed by CPCB with regard to bursting of firecrackers. This will help in generation of data on pollution caused by the bursting of firecrackers and would be helpful for regulation and control of quality of Aluminum, Barium, and Iron used in the manufacture of firecrackers.

Any violation of the above directions will invite immediate penal action under section 51 to 61 of The disaster Management Act. 2005 besides legal action under section 188 of the IPC and others provisions as applicable, it added—(KNO)

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