Delhi Government Reimposes Ban on Firecrackers
The Delhi government has reimposed a ban on the manufacturing, sale, storage, and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the capital as part of an action plan to reduce pollution levels in winter.
Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that the Delhi Police will be issued strict directions to implement the ban in the city.
The ban has been in place for the last three years, and the government has seen a considerable improvement in Delhi’s air quality in that time. However, the government is still aiming to improve air quality further, and the ban on firecrackers is seen as one way to do that.
Last year, the government announced that bursting firecrackers on Diwali in the city would attract a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200. Production, storage, and sale of firecrackers in Delhi would be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 5,000 and three years in jail under Section 9B of the Explosives Act.
The ban on firecrackers is likely to be met with some opposition, but the government is confident that it is the right thing to do to protect the health of Delhi’s residents.
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