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SAFE FESTIVAL: Environment Minister T.P.M. Moideen Khan and Mayor M.Subramanian at the launch of an awareness campaign on environment-friendly Deepavali in Chennai recently. — Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
SAFE FESTIVAL: Environment Minister T.P.M. Moideen Khan and Mayor M.Subramanian at the launch of an awareness campaign on environment-friendly Deepavali in Chennai recently. — Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

: Bursting of firecrackers between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. will be strictly prohibited during Deepavali and the police will be empowered to fine the violators up to a maximum of Rs.1,000.

Flagging off five awareness teams recently at an event organised here by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Environment Minister T. P. M. Moideen Khan appealed to the public to celebrate the festival of lights in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Citing air pollution density data during Deepavali over the last two years, he said that firecracker use has come down.

“However, public participation is essential to make sure that people do not harm others in the name of tradition,” he added.

Mayor M.Subramanian said that children must burst crackers only under parental supervision

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