Planning to burst firecrackers in Delhi this year? You might attract a fine amount of ₹200 and a jail term of up to six months. Delhi has put a ban on the manufacturing, sale and purchase of firecrackers this year.
Gopal Rai, the Environment Minister of Delhi, has announced that those caught bursting firecrackers in the capital will have to pay a fine amount of ₹200 and will face a jail sentence of six months. Those manufacturing and selling the crackers can attract a fine of ₹5000 and a jail term of three years, as per the Indian Penal Code( IPC).
Delhi Puts Ban On Firecrackers To Check Air Pollution
Ahead of Diwali, the Delhi government has prohibited the use of firecrackers for celebrations to keep a check on the air pollution levels in the city. Right after Diwali every year, the increased amount of smoke in Delhi NCR mingles with the fog of the arriving winter. A thick layer of smog engulfs the city. It leads to several health hazards, including eye irritation, asthma, bronchiolitis and heart problems.
Air Pollution Is A Matter Of Concern In Delhi
The government of Delhi has put a complete ban on the manufacturing, sale and purchase of firecrackers till January 1, 2023. Thus, no one would be allowed to burst firecrackers in Delhi on Diwali, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. And the ban is applicable to green firecrackers as well. To control air pollution levels, Air Quality Management has also ordered a ban on the use of firewood and coal in hotels and restaurants, as reported by The Hindu. The authority has also prohibited the use of diesel generators.
Delhi NCR’s neighbouring state Punjab has fixed timings for the bursting of firecrackers this year. On Diwali, people in Punjab will be allowed to burst firecrackers for only two hours, between 8 PM and 10 PM.
But since climate change is a matter of concern now, it is best to do away with firecrackers and light up diyas instead.
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