As people prepare to celebrate Diwali, one thing that concerns authorities is the pollution it would add up to India’s already plagued air quality. Thus to stop that from happening, governments across the country have sought to put a ban on firecrackers.
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With the recent spike in both coronavirus cases and pollution, it is only logical for Delhi to put a ban on the sale and manufacturing of firecrackers. Nevertheless, we will have to wait to see how many people actually adhere to the order.
Karnataka government passed an order yesterday banning firecracker for this year’s Diwali. The government said the order was to ensure the rise in pollution does not impact the health of those who have been infected with Covid-19. Meanwhile, green crackers in Karanataka have been allowed by the CM.
3. West Bengal
In West Bengal, it was not the government but the Calcutta High Court banning the use and sale of firecrackers on Kali Puja, Chhath and Kartik Puja.
Keeping in mind the health of people in the states, CM Ashok Gehlot also issued directives banning the sale of firecrackers in Rajasthan. The order added that anyone who defies the ban and sells firecrackers will have to pay ₹10,000 in fine and one who uses firecrackers will have to pay ₹2000 in fine.
Sikkim was yet another state to ban the sale of firecrackers. The ban applies to both people selling and bursting crackers.
Maharastra is the worst COVID-19 hit state in India and to ensure the situation doesn’t escalate, the state government has issued an advisory on the sale and usage of firecrackers. Meanwhile, firecrackers in Mumbai have been completely banned by BMC.
The state government of Chandigarh has issued orders to ban the sale and use of crackers of all types with immediate effect, until further orders.
From 10-30 November, the sale of firecrackers in Odisha has been banned by the government citing that firecrackers could add to the woes of COVID-19 patients.
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