Prior to Diwali, the Delhi government imposed a complete ban on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers with immediate effect.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the decision was made after reviewing pollution levels in Delhi during the festival for the past three years.
The Prime Minister also called on traders to avoid stocking up on firecrackers. Environment Minister Gopal Rai said the National Green Tribunal had called for a complete ban on the use of firecrackers during the pandemic anywhere air quality levels fall into the “poor” category.
Kejriwal tweeted that the ban was imposed late last year, resulting in losses for traders.
Last year, the government imposed a blanket ban on firecrackers, including those considered “green”, between November 7 and November 30, when air quality began to deteriorate.
NGT also banned firecrackers last year from November 9 to 30 in the National Capital Region and in all places where the average air quality in November had fallen below the “poor” category.
Although the announcement came earlier than last year, the blanket ban has still angered some store owners. Amit Jain, owner of a firecracker store near Jama Masjid, said he didn’t know what to do with the backlog. Jain has a permanent firecracker store, unlike a few traders who apply for temporary licenses before Diwali. He had last year’s stock displayed outside his shop Wednesday night.
“We hadn’t placed any new orders this year since last year’s ‘green’ crackers had piled up. I hope to wrap it up and see if the sale somewhere outside of Delhi is possible, ”he said. The firecrackers come from Sivakasi.
Jain had also hired 15 people to manage the stock for the Diwali season. They will now be asked to return to their hometown, he said.
Ajay Mehandiratta, who opens a temporary firecracker store at Sadar Bazar every year about 15 days before Diwali, said he had already placed orders with Sivakasi.
“Delhi police are issuing temporary licenses for the sale of firecrackers, and a notice was published in newspapers last Friday stating that license applications would be accepted until September 16. We had also applied for a temporary license,” he said. he declared. Stock orders are usually placed around two months before Diwali, he said.
A trader at a permanent firecracker store in Paharganj, who asked not to be identified, said the shelves were still stocked with last year’s stock. The cans are stamped with a sign indicating they are “green” – firecrackers developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, which are said to generate fewer particles than regular cans.