Indian capital bans storage, sale, use of firecrackers during Diwali over pollution concerns

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Sep 15, 2021, 06:12 PM(IST)

No firecrackers during Diwali this year (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )

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Firecrackers have been banned in the Indian capital during the Diwali season due to concerns over hazardous air pollution levels. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement on Twitter. The CM said the last year's ban was imposed late, resulting in losses for traders. This year, he has appealed traders to not store or sell firecrackers

The storage, sale and use of firecrackers in the Indian capital during the Diwali season has been banned due to concerns over hazardous air pollution levels, the Delhi government said on Wednesday.  

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In a tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "In view of the dangerous condition of Delhi's pollution during Diwali in the last three years, like last year, a complete ban is being imposed on storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers. (This is) so that people's lives can be saved."  

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The chief minister acknowledged the last year's ban had been imposed late and had resulted in the losses for traders.  

Kejriwal added, "In view of the seriousness of pollution after the stocking of firecrackers by trader... last year a complete ban was imposed late, which caused losses to traders. It is an appeal to all traders... in view of the complete ban, do not store or sell firecrackers," he tweeted.  

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As air quality dipped in the week after Diwali last year, the city had witnessed a spike in coronavirus cases.  

For some years, the air pollution levels in Delhi have been a huge concern. It has also sparked furious debates among people, who insist on bursting firecrackers, and the environment and health experts. 

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