On Wednesday, the Delhi government banned the storage, sale, and use of firecrackers in the national capital because of the alarming levels of pollution in the city during Diwali every year. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that it was necessary to impose this ban like last year to save the people’s lives.
He tweeted, “Because of the alarming level of pollution in Delhi at the time of Diwali for the last three years, like last year, a complete ban is being imposed on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers. So lives can be saved.”
In another tweet, Kejriwal said, “Last year after the stocking of firecrackers by traders, a complete ban was imposed late because of the seriousness of the pollution, which caused losses to the traders. So there is an appeal to all the traders not to do any storage this time because of the complete ban.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the National Green Authority had called for a complete ban on crackers in areas with poor air quality during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data for the last three years shows that Delhi is almost in the category of a poor pollution index. Last year, apart from Delhi, 13 districts of Rajasthan, Odisha, Sikkim, West Bengal, Chandigarh and Uttar Pradesh had imposed a complete ban on crackers”.
He said, “Delhi Police had already issued temporary licenses for the sale of firecrackers, due to which traders and dealers suffered losses. There were also incidents of people bursting crackers in Delhi due to the availability of firecrackers. To avoid any such situation, we have decided that Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will issue directions for a complete ban on the sale, use and storage of all types of firecrackers with immediate effect as in the previous year”.