The Delhi government has imposed a complete ban on the sale, storage and use of firecrackers in the national capital as part of its attempts to prevent the worsening of the air quality during Diwali.
Last year too, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government had imposed a ban on firecrackers. However, it had to face criticism as the ban was imposed late and by then several traders had already stocked firecrackers and had to bear losses.
Kejriwal announces ban on firecrackers
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to announce the ban. He said, “Given the dangerous condition of Delhi’s pollution during Diwali in the last three years, like last year, a complete ban is being imposed on storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers. This is so that people’s lives can be saved.”
The chief minister said that the ban was imposed late last year resulting in losses for traders. “Last year, the ban was imposed late owing to degrading air quality and by then several traders had stocked firecrackers resulting in their losses. It is an appeal to traders not to stock firecrackers considering the ban.”
Every year, pollution levels peak in the national capital during and after Diwali. In addition to firecrackers, air pollution in Delhi during the festival session is made worse by stubble burning—a contentious practice in neighbouring states like Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
In 2019, pollution levels skyrocketed during and after Diwali. In 2018, the Air Quality Index crossed the 600-mark, which is 12 times the safe limit. In 2020, many people defied the firecracker ban in Delhi.
Meanwhile, several people criticised the Delhi government on social media for imposing the ban, with many asserting that burning firecrackers is not the only factor that leads to pollution in Delhi.
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