New Delhi, Oct 13 : The Delhi government on Thursday announced the launch of an "anti-firecracker campaign" for this Diwali and alerted the state machinery to check import and sale of harmful crackers.

"The Delhi government has launched an 'anti-firecracker campaign' for the ongoing festive season," Environment Minister Imran Hussain said in a press statement.

Hussain added that the "anti-firecracker campaign" will help in controlling air and noise pollution in the city during the festive season.

The minister also appealed to Delhiites to make the campaign successful.

Besides, the government has also written to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Commissioner of Police (CP), Delhi, and the Commissioner of Customs (Import & General), directing them to prohibit the import and sale of harmful crackers in the national capital.

The government has sought active cooperation from all the enforcement agencies to monitor air and noise pollution during the festival season.

In order to have effective coordination among all the pollution controlling agencies, a meeting was convened by the Environment Department which was attended by the District Magistrates, Sub Divisional Magistrates (Revenue Department), DPCC, Delhi Police, Traffic Police, Petroleum & Exposure Safety Organisation (PESO) of the Department of Explosives and the Directorate of Education, the minister said.

The government directed the enforcement agencies to follow the guidelines of the Supreme Court, which order a complete ban on bursting of sound emitting firecrackers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

It ordered the setting up of inspection teams, comprising area SDMs and Executive Engineers (DPCC), to check availability of imported firecrackers in the market.

Officers from the licensing unit were directed to check godowns randomly for availability of imported firecrackers in the market.

The environment minister also reviewed the steps to control air pollution with the onset of winter in Delhi.


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