Delhi government bans the storage, sale, and usage of firecrackers in the national capital


Posted on 15 September 2021


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Due to worries about hazardous air pollution levels, the Delhi government banned the storage, sale, and usage of firecrackers in the national capital during the Diwali season on Wednesday.

Last year, the ruling AAP took the same step, when pollution levels were linked to the spread of COVID-19. As air quality fell in the week after Diwali, the city saw a jump in cases, with a seven-day average of about 6,000 per day. "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," Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, took to Twitter. Mr. Kejriwal agreed that last year's restriction was enacted late, causing dealers to lose money. According to him, the lateness of the order led to some dealers continuing to stock and sell firecrackers, contributing to Delhi's worst air quality levels in four years.


Key Points


  • Due to worries about hazardous air pollution levels, the Delhi government banned the storage, sale, and usage of firecrackers in the national capital during the Diwali season on Wednesday.

  • Last year, the ruling AAP took the same step, when pollution levels were linked to the spread of COVID-19.