New Delhi: As many as 8 states have issued a ban on selling and bursting of firecrackers this season
The states are-
On Friday, the state government of Karnataka decided to ban the use of firecrackers during Diwali to reduce air contamination and to maintain lockdown orders to avoid any health hazard.
The government of Delhi has imposed a blanket ban on firecrackers including 'green' branded firecrackers. The ban is from 7th to the 30th of November. The capital state has been suffering from hazardous air quality and a spike in the number of COVID-19 infections.
Arvind Kejriwal tweeted about the same.
3. West Bengal
Use of firecrackers on Kali Puja, Chhath puja and Kartik Puja to control pollution amid COVID-19 pandemic was banned by the Calcutta High Court.
Due to the onset of a pandemic, the Sikkim government imposed a complete ban on firecrackers throughout the state until further notice is given.
The government of Odisha decided to ban firecrackers as well. The ban was put on sale and use of firecrackers across the state to curb air pollution which may lead to aggravation for COVID-19 patients. The ban is supposed to last from 10th to 30th November. Anyone found not following the ban will be punished.
Ashok Gehlot, Chief Minister of Rajasthan issued a circular to ban the sale and bursting of firecrackers and fireworks to protect the health of the public including COVID-19 patients. He further added that bursting of firecrackers must be stopped in marriages and functions. He also appealed to turn off the engine of cars at red lights to protect the environment.
Maharashtra state government cautioned against bursting of crackers citing environmental damages which adds to noise pollution and depletion of air quality. Bursting of crackers on the occasion of Diwali is also banned given rising COVID-19 cases.
Chandigarh also issued a ban on selling and bursting of firecrackers of all types with immediate effect.
This year, it is all about celebrating to protect nature, environment and fighting coronavirus.
Assam, however, has decided not to ban firecracker.
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