The selling of firecrackers in Telangana has been prohibited by the Hyderabad High Court. On November 19, the high court ordered the government to ban the selling and purchase of crackers, provide broad publicity, and send a report. Previously, from midnight on 9 November to 30 November, the National Green Tribunal had declared a complete prohibition on the sale or use of all types of firecrackers in the national capital region. A bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, NGT Chairperson, clarified that the direction will apply to all cities and towns in the country where the average ambient air quality fell under the 'poor' and above categories during November (as per available data from last year).
Only green crackers are sold in cities / towns where air quality is 'moderate' or below, and the timings for the use and bursting of crackers during festivals such as Diwali, Chhath, New Year / Christmas Eve etc. are limited to two hours, as may be defined by the state concerned. "At other places, ban / restrictions are optional for the authorities but if there are more stringent measures under orders of the authorities, the same will prevail," the bench said. In view of the potential for aggravation of Covid-19, the NGT also directed all States and Union Territories to undertake special drives to control air pollution from all sources.