In view of a possible deterioration in the quality of air in Delhi with the onset of October, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced the imposition of a ban on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers in the national capital.
The chief minister stated that in the last three years, Delhi has seen “dangerous levels” of air pollution during Diwali. In view of this, firecrackers were banned in the city last year. This year, too, a complete ban is being imposed on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers in the city, so that people’s lives can be saved, the chief minister said.
The announcement comes a day after Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai directed all concerned departments to prepare an action plan by September 21 to control air pollution. The Development Department has been asked to formulate an action plan for the management of crop residue in the national capital. Three MCDs, DDA, NDMC, Cantonment Board, and all other state construction agencies have been asked to prepare a plan to combat dust emissions.