Firecrackers Banned in Weddings And Other Functions in Lucknow Till January 15 to Curb Air Pollution
Lucknow, Nov 17: Amit the deteriorating air quality in Delhi due to smog, bursting firecrackers in weddings and other functions has been banned in Lucknow. The ban will continue from today till January 15, 2018. The order has been given by District Magistrate Kaushalraj Sharma. The DM of Lucknow has also initiated the process to make people aware of the ill-effects of smoke in the environment through community radio. The DM will also urge people to not burn firecrackers.
Reports have it that the UP government has also imposed section 144 to make sure people follow the order and don’t burst crackers.
Firecrackers banned in weddings and other functions in Lucknow from today till 15 January 2018. Decision taken to curb pollution. Order by DM Kaushalraj Sharma
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Earlier Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed municipal corporations to ensure that garbage is not burnt in the state. Adityanath also asked the fire brigade, and civic authorities to sprinkle water to control dust contributing to the air pollution.
“Proper traffic operations and movement should be ensured so that there is no traffic jam. To reduce air pollution, old vehicles should be reviewed, and if needed they will be removed,” Adityanath said while observing that traffic jam leads to air pollution.
CM Adityanath also ordered its officials to spread awareness till January 15 through radio and FM channels. He has also asked Principal Secretary Home, Arvind Kumar, to discuss the matter with experts from IIT Kanpur. “Just implementing the fine won’t do. Officers should go to the spot and stop such activities,” he said.
Although Delhi’s air quality had improved a little on Wednesday, it went back to ‘hazardous’ on Friday. Delhi’s Mandir Marg and Dwarka’s air quality was recorded at 333, and 332, respectively. The System of Air Quality And Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) has forecast poor air quality over the weekend due to moisture. Delhi’s air quality index – at 363 – was in the ‘very poor’ zone.