In the view of rising air pollution in the Nation’s capital, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has imposed a complete ban on the sale, storage and uses of firecrackers in Delhi during Diwali. Earlier this year in July, the Supreme Court had dismissed the petition challenged by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to impose a complete ban on the sale and use of any kind of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region and other cities in India with poor Air Quality Index (AQI).
CM Kejriwal tweeted that, in view of the harmful scenario of Delhi’s Air pollution throughout Diwali for the final three years, like last year, this time additionally the storage, sale and use of all varieties of firecrackers will be banned. Last year, a delayed ban on the firecrackers had caused the losses for the traders who had stocked up early. That’s why, this year’s ban has been announced early, said Kejriwal. He requested traders to not stock-up firecrackers this year. On last year’s ban Covid-19 was cited for the reason of ban on firecrackers.
Considering the possible rise of air pollution in winter in Delhi, the Delhi government ordered all concerned departments to prepare an action plan for winter by September 21. During the meeting, Delhi Environment Minister directed all the officials to submit their action plan to the Environment Department by September 21.
In recent years, air pollution had risen in winter month in Delhi due to excessive use of firecrackers and burning of stubbles by farmers in Haryana, following that AAP government had banned on the use of firecrackers in Delhi, which causes health problems for the residents.
Although, this move was heavily criticized by the opponent leaders from BJP, as they demanded AAP government to compensate traders for the losses occurred from not selling firecrackers.