The Rajasthan government led by Ashok Gilot has allowed people to explode green crackers only for two hours on the occasion of Diwali. The Ministry of Interior has also set heavy fines for violating the rules of sale and for detonating explosives other than environmentally friendly and green crackers.
Earlier, the state government imposed a partial ban on the sale and purchase of crackers. However, on Saturday, after observing the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the NGT, the Home Office granted the permission with the maximum exemption.
As per the notification, the government has set two hours to set off crackers on Diwali. The time specified by the state authorities is from 8 pm to 10 pm. The government is also preparing arrangements to monitor the situation across the state to avoid violating Diwali.
The sale of any type of cracker is completely banned in the state’s NCR area. Only green crackers were allowed to be sold in other regions.
Besides, the sale of fireworks against the rules will be fined Rs 10,000 and those found cracking after 10pm will be fined Rs 2,000.
Likewise, there will be a complete ban on exploding any kind of fireworks in the NCR area. In the rest of the state, if anyone is found selling anything other than green fireworks, they will be charged a fine of Rs 2,000.
As per the notification, people can set off green crackers from 11.55 to 12.30 pm on Christmas and New Year, from 8 to 10 pm in Guru Nanak Jayanti and from 6 to 8 am in Chhath Puja.