There will be a blanket ban on the use or sale of crackers in Assam during Diwali this year.

The Assam’s Pollution Control Board (PCB) has imposed a blanket ban on the bursting and sale of all kinds of firecrackers in the state during the Diwali celebration.

In compliance with the directives of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the order will remain in effect until further notice to curb air pollution during the festive season.

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PCB chairman Arup Kumar Misra said that the state pollution control board has also written to all the DCs and SPs of the state to implement the directions.

The PCB has also asked state police to take action to stop the supply of crackers.

“Those who are stocking illegal firecrackers should be apprehended. The onus is on the police and the administration to ensure that the use of firecrackers is arrested, as the PCB only issues advisories and directions,” TOI quoted Mishra as saying.

“Daily action-taken reports should also be submitted to the PCB,” Misra added.

However, people can burst green crackers during a two-hour window on Diwali.

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