The Delhi Pollution Control Committee issued an order on Tuesday prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks in the national capital till January 1, 2022.
According to the order, several experts have predicted that COVID-19 will resurface and that large-scale celebrations involving the bursting of firecrackers will result in not only a swarming of people in violation of social distancing norms, but also a high level of air pollution in Delhi, posing serious health risks. Given the considerable association between air pollution and respiratory diseases, it is noted that bursting firecrackers during the current pandemic crisis is not good for the cause of community health.
“From 1.1.2022, there will be a ‘total ban’ on the bursting and sale of all types of firecrackers throughout the area of the NCT of Delhi,” the DPCC’s ruling stated.
The DPCC has also requested that district magistrates and deputy commissioners of police carry out the directives and submit daily activity reports to it.