this correspondence News | Like ‘controlled’ drinking, ‘controlled’ bursting of firecrackers is okay: Assam Surroundings Minister

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GUWAHATI: Amid the National Green Tribunal (NGT) notice regarding pollution from firecrackers, the Assam government has determined not to ban firecrackers ahead of Diwali.

Assam’s Surroundings and Forest Branch Parimal Suklabaidya said that the government used to be advocating a controlled way of Diwali celebration quite than totally banning the bursting of firecrackers.

The minister interestingly compared the bursting of firecrackers with drinking alcohol. He said, “Like controlled drinking is okay and controlled bursting of firecrackers could also be acceptable. We will have to make certain that it must not have an effect on the surroundings like our health.”

Earlier, a bench headed by the chairperson of the NGT sent notices to 18 states and union territories of India including Assam, Nagaland and Meghalaya to expand the scope of hearing cases on pollution by firecrackers all through Diwali.

Following the order, the Delhi Government, Sikkim and other states have banned firecrackers in Diwali.

Suklabaidya’s comments have come against the backdrop of rising apprehensions approximately firecrackers because of the high number of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Additionally, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha and Rajasthan have also banned firecrackers.

The Bodoland/ Assam / India / International

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