Chinese crackers Crackdown: Delhi government forms 11 teams

| Updated: Oct 26, 2016 00:25 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct. 25 (ANI): The Delhi Government on Tuesday constituted 11 district-wise teams headed by sub-divisional magistrates and assisted by executive engineers of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to "curb the sale and purchase of illegally imported Chinese crackers", which are the "main source of spreading toxicity in the air" during Diwali. These teams were directed to make surprise inspections daily and to take action against those, who were found stocking and selling of illegal Chinese fire crackers. Environment Minister Imran Hussain, who today reviewed the action being taken by various stakeholder departments and agencies to control air and noise pollution effectively due to the bursting of fire crackers during Diwali, directed the teams of area SDMs, DPCC and Delhi Police to intensify field visits and take stringent actions against the violators. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Environment Department and DPCC alongwith SDMs. Hussain directed all them to increase public awareness among people regarding orders of the Supreme Court of putting complete ban on bursting of sound emitting from fire crackers between 10 p m to 6 a m. The DPCC was also directed to check and monitor ambient air and noise levels during pre and Diwali nights. Hussain also directed the Environment Department to set-up control room in DPCC to coordinate with various linked agencies to curb illegal sale of fire crackers and for receipt and monitoring of inspection reports on day-to-day basis. "The Delhi Government is committed to provide safe and healthy environment to its citizens. All concerned departments should create public awareness with the active participation of Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs), Eco-clubs in various schools and colleges through newspapers, FM radio and social media," the minister said. He further appealed to the Delhites to effectively participate in the "Anti Fire Crackers Campaign" by desisting from buying and bursting of harmful crackers that create loud noise. The Delhi Government is organizing an awareness programme on Anti Fire Cracker Campaign on October 27 at the Central Park from 7 p m. (ANI)