Mumbai Police releases advisory for safe, environment-friendly Diwali celebrations
The festival of Diwali, which is celebrated on the occasion of Narakh Chaturdashi, is falling this Sunday - Nov 12. Now considering the city's detereorating AQI, affected majorly due to stubble burning practices and the low-pressure zone forming during the season, the Mumbai Police and Bombay High Court have released a joint advisory for Diwali.
Here are the guidelines issued under the advisory:
The advisory allows the use of firecrackers during Diwali but imposes a time restriction. Fireworks are permitted only between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The usage, sale, or flying of sky lanterns is strictly prohibited from November 4th to December 3rd
Violators of these guidelines will face legal consequences under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, entailing potential penalties of up to six months in prison, a Rs 1,000 fine, or both
The sale, possession, and display of firecrackers without the appropriate license have been strictly prohibited during this period