The National Green Tribunal recently issued a notice to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to impose a ban on the use of firecrackers during Diwali in the interest of public health and environment. Several state governments such as Delhi, Haryana, Odisha and West Bengal has pledged to ban bursting crackers during the festive season to control air pollution.

Chief Secretary of West Bengal government Alapan Bandyopadhyay said the state government won’t allow bursting of firecrackers during Kali Puja, Diwali to check air quality and also because of its hazardous effect on COVID-19 patients.

The sale of firecrackers will be restricted taken in view of protecting the health of COVID-19 patients as well as keeping in view the health of the common people. We are also, keeping strict contact with the city's air quality. As, Kolkata's air quality index breached the 200-mark — entering the 'poor' zone making the air dangerous to breathe.