new Delhi: Just before Diwali, the Delhi government has taken a big decision, banning firecrackers. After reviewing the status of Kovid-19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the Delhi government has decided to ban firecrackers.
In the capital, firecrackers have been banned in Delhi in view of the fast growing cases of corona and increasing air pollution. This ban will be on buying and selling crackers. According to the Delhi government, no firecrackers will be fired on Diwali. Both green and normal firecrackers have been banned.
Let us know that on Thursday, the Delhi government had a review meeting on corona, air pollution and firecrackers, in which it was decided to ban firecrackers.
Reviewed corona situation in Del n preparedness wid Chief Secy, Health officials and all DMs. Corona cases hv increased due to festival season n pollution. It was decided to
1. Ban crackers in Del
2. Ramp up medical infra, Oxy n ICU beds are being increased in Del govt hospis
– Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 5, 2020
Fireworks banned in West Bengal too
Apart from this, firecrackers have also been banned in West Bengal. The Calcutta High Court on Thursday has banned not only the fire crackers during Diwali but also Kali Puja, Karthik Puja and Chhath Puja in Bengal. There will also be a ban on buying and selling of firecrackers in the state. Hearing a public interest litigation on Thursday, a division bench of judges Sanjeev Bandyopadhyay and Arijit Bandyopadhyay gave this ruling. The petition said that the pollution caused by firecrackers can increase the problem of breathing problems for corona patients.
NGT’s toughness on increasing pollution
Explain that the National Green Tribunal had asked 14 states whether firecrackers could be banned from November 7 to 30 in view of poor air levels? The NGT has to decide on whether firecrackers should be banned in the states where the air level has reached the ‘bad’ category? All states have been given time till 6 pm to answer on November 6. This decision can come on 6 November. The states where the air level is moderate are seeking permission to burn firecrackers. Assam has submitted its reply in this matter to the NGT.
The Delhi government also sought a day’s time to file an answer in the NGT, hence the evening of November 5, the Chief Minister decided to ban firecrackers in Delhi by tweeting. The sale of any kind of firecrackers has now been banned in the capital Delhi. Earlier, green firecrackers were allowed to be sold in Delhi but now they too will not be able to be sold.
Opposition to this decision of Kejriwal has also started. BJP leader Kapil Mishra has criticized this decision of Kejriwal government.
World’s most polluted cities and most polluted rivers
People forced to breathe poisonous air throughout the year
But governments, courts, media and NGOs in the country have the same drama in the name of reducing pollution:
Stop firecrackers on Diwali and don’t play water on Holi
– Kapil Mishra (KapilMishra_IND) November 5, 2020
Recall that in 2018, the Supreme Court had given permission to sell only green firecrackers in view of the pollution situation in Delhi. In 2019 too, only green firecrackers were sold. The time to fire crackers was also decided between 8 and 10 nights.
However, the rules were not saying anything about firecrackers. Therefore, these rules were also violated every year in Delhi. But this year the government may have to face opposition from traders after banning firecrackers completely.
93 factories had a license to make firecrackers and their firecrackers were being sold in the Delhi market. Earlier, the Delhi government released a list of more than 824 open places in the city, where people will be able to fire green firecrackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. Traders will have to bear heavy losses with this decision. There can be opposition in such a situation.