Goodbye fireworks: Delhi pollution watchdog bans sale and bursting of firecrackers until January 2022

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The ban was imposed until January 1, 2022 (Representative image). | Photo credit: iStock images

Highlights

  • Selling and bursting firecrackers prohibited in Delhi until January 2022
  • The decision has been taken to reduce air pollution in the nation’s capital

New Delhi: The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) announced on Wednesday that the selling and bursting of firecrackers was banned in the nation’s capital until January 1 next year. The decision was made to curb the increase in air pollution. The ordinance states: “There will be a ‘total ban‘ on the breaking and selling of all kinds of firecrackers until 01.01.2022 in the territory of NCT Delhi.

When making the decision, the DPCC cited a directive from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and added that it was considering an air pollution control program.

It should be noted that air pollution in the nation’s capital increases during winters. Pollutants from stubble burning in neighboring states, automobile pollution, particles from construction work cause a drop in air quality. A further deterioration is recorded in the air quality in Delhi due to the bursting of firecrackers during the Diwali and New Year celebrations.

Decision taken to prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases

The DPCC said large-scale celebrations by bursting firecrackers would lead to a violation of COVID-19 rules, which could lead to an increase in positive cases, Hindustan times reported. He added that the bursting of the firecrackers will not only lead to an increase in air pollution, but will also cause serious health problems for people, “which in the current pandemic crisis is not favorable to the cause of the health of the wider community “.

Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the imposition of a ban on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers in the nation’s capital. The announcement was made after Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai called on all relevant departments to prepare an action plan by September 21 to control air pollution in the national capital.


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