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Did public social messaging on pollution and the ban on firecrackers help?

Diwali 2023 started as a beautiful day with blue skies. It ended with a shroud cover over its residents. A look at how the ban has helped.

 Data highlights how residents of the Capital have learnt little though there has been some form of a firecracker ban in place in the last seven years.(PTI)
Published on Nov 17, 2023 07:10 PM IST

In Chandigarh, air quality this Diwali was poorest in over 5 years

AQI shot up to 453 at 10 pm; pollution experts blame residents’ failure to use only green crackers and adhere to two-hour cracker bursting window

Amid bursting of crackers at 10 pm on Sunday, Air Quality Index (AQI) at the Sector 53 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station shot up to a worrisome 453, considered “severe” as per the Central Pollution Control Board. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 04:34 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Use only green crackers for this Deepavali: Karnataka CM's message

He stressed that bursting green crackers can only tackle pollution and other fire accidents at the festival.

Use only green crackers for this Deepavali: Karnataka CM's message
Published on Nov 12, 2023 04:21 PM IST

This Diwali, green crackers from 8 to 10pm allowed in Himachal

Following the directions issued by the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the state authorities have introduced measures to promote the use of eco-friendly “green crackers”, bursting of which would be allowed from 8pm to 10pm

Anil Joshi, member secretary of the state pollution control board, said NGT has imposed a complete ban on firecrackers in cities “highly sensitive” to air pollution (HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 12, 2023 05:24 AM IST
By, Shimla

Crackers to be sold at 60 designated places in Lucknow; 1,153 licences issued so far

Police, LIUs and fire personnel have been put on alert in crowded areas while inspectors have been asked to monitor the legality and location of cracker shops in their areas

Cracker stalls being set up in an open field behind Aishbagh Ramlila ground ahead of Diwali. (Sourced)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 05:04 AM IST
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