Aizawl, Nov 12 : The Mizoram government has banned the import and export of crackers ahead of Christmas to curb noise pollution during festivals.
Mizoram home minister R. Lalzirliana said in Aizawl yesterday that this is the fifth time in a row that this measure has been imposed. The government sought peace and tranquillity to guarantee a proper ambience for the observance of this festival.
During Diwali last month, all the eight district magistrates in the state were asked to ban crackers as a precautionary step. The state home minister added that the district magistrates would soon issue orders to ban the import and sale of crackers. Violators will be penalised.
Lalzaliana said as part of an innovative step during Christmas, the state government would introduce organised festive and entertainment programmes and street decorations in various vengs (localities) in the state under the aegis of the Young Men’s Association, the state’s largest NGO with a membership of over one lakh youths.
The government has announced prizes, Rs 50,000, for the best decorated locality, Rs 30,000 for locality coming second and Rs 20,000 for the third.
Official sources in Aizawl said on December 31 night, an entertainment programme would be organised in Aizawl.
The government has also announced a weeklong holiday for Christmas in the state