Delhi bans bursting of Diwali crackers over pollution worries
Given the dangerous condition of Delhi's air pollution during Diwali for the last three years, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a complete ban on storing, selling, and using all types of firecrackers.
Kejriwal wrote on Twitter, "In view of the dangerous condition of Delhi's pollution during Diwali for the last three years, like last year, a complete ban is being imposed on the storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers. So that people's lives can be saved."
"It is an appeal to all the traders that this time because of the complete ban, do not do any kind of storage," he added.
Diwali will be celebrated in the first week of November this year. In recent years, air pollution had risen in the winter months in Delhi due to excessive use of firecrackers and the burning of stubble by farmers in neighbouring states.
However, the BJP demanded that the Kejriwal government compensate traders for the losses incurred from not selling firecrackers.