Delhi govt reimposes ban on production, sale, purchase, usage of firecrackers

- September 11, 2023
| By : Patriot Bureau |

It had said production, storage and sale of firecrackers in Delhi would be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 5,000 and three years in jail under Section 9B of the Explosives Act

Gurugram: Smoke rises as people burn crackers during 'Diwali' celebrations, in Gurugram, Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018. According to the officials, Delhi recorded its worst air quality of the year the morning after Diwali as the pollution level entered 'severe-plus emergency' category due to the rampant bursting of toxic firecrackers. (PTI Photo)(PTI11_8_2018_000045B)

The Delhi government has once again taken a stand against pollution by reinstating the prohibition on the production, sale, storage, and usage of all types of fireworks in the capital.

Environment Minister Gopal Rai made this announcement during a press conference held on Monday. Strict directives will be issued to the Delhi Police to enforce this ban within the city.

This move is consistent with the Delhi government’s ongoing practice of banning fireworks for the past three years.

Rai emphasised that while there has been a noticeable improvement in Delhi’s air quality over the past five to six years, further enhancements are necessary. Therefore, the decision has been made to continue the fireworks ban this year.

In the previous year, the government had declared that setting off fireworks during Diwali in the city could result in a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200.

Additionally, it was stated that the production, storage, and sale of fireworks in Delhi would be subject to fines of up to Rs 5,000 and a maximum prison term of three years, in accordance with Section 9B of the Explosives Act. (With inputs from PTI)