With Diwali a little over two weeks away, the Delhi government Thursday wrote to the Customs department and Delhi Police on ways to stop the import and sale of harmful crackers.
The government also held a meeting to review steps to control pollution levels in the winter months with all the enforcement agencies concerned. “We are seeking active cooperation of all agencies to monitor air and noise pollution, especially during the festival season,” said a government official.
The meeting, convened by Environment Minister Imran Hussain Thursday, was attended by district magistrates, sub-divisional magistrates of the revenue department, representatives of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Delhi Police, Traffic Police, the Petroleum And Explosives Safety Organisation and the Directorate of Education, to discuss preparedness for controlling pollution levels.
In September, the environment department had decided to draw up an action plan to check the availability of banned firecrackers this year.
In the meeting, Hussain and the others discussed the need to implement strict restrictions on the sale of firecrackers and ensure the compliance of the Supreme Court’s order on noise pollution. They also prepared an action plan to enforce the ban on noisy firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am.
“We will deploy teams, comprising the area SDMs and executive engineers of the DPCC, which will check if imported firecrackers are being sold. Officers have also been asked to conduct random checks of godowns,” said an official.