Delhi’s Environment Minister Gopal Rai has announced there will be a “complete ban” on the production, storage, sale and use of firecrackers in the nation’s capital this Diwali.
The minister said the ban will remain in place until January 1, 2023.
“The production, storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers are completely prohibited so that people’s lives can be saved,” Mr Rai tweeted.
Mr Rai said there will also be a ban on the online sale of firecrackers and an action plan will be drawn up after discussions with the Delhi Police, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and the revenue department to ensure strict enforcement of the ban.
इस बार दिल्ली में पटाखों ऑनलाइन बिक्री बिक्री / डिलीवरी पर भी रहेगा।। From July 1, 2023 to July 2023
प्रतिबंध को कड़ाई से लागू करने को लेकर पुलिस पुलिस, Dpcc और राजस्व विभाग के साथ मिलकर कार्य बनाई।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।।
— Gopal Rai (@AapKaGopalRai) September 7, 2022
The Delhi government had also banned the sale and use of firecrackers last Diwali due to concerns over alarming levels of air pollution.
In addition to firecrackers, air pollution in Delhi during the Diwali period is made worse by stubble burning – a controversial practice – in neighboring states like Haryana and Punjab.