Delhi Govt reimposes ban on firecrackers

A file photo of a firecracker.

New Delhi: The Delhi government has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing pollution levels during the winter season by reinstating a ban on the manufacturing, sale, storage, and use of all types of firecrackers within the capital city of India.

Environment Minister Gopal Rai made this announcement during a press conference, emphasizing that the Delhi Police would be given strict directives to enforce the ban effectively.

This decision follows a three-year practice of banning firecrackers, aimed at further improving the air quality in Delhi.

Last year, the government had imposed penalties for violating the ban, including a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200 for bursting firecrackers on Diwali, while production, storage, and sale of firecrackers could result in fines of up to Rs 5,000 and three years in jail under Section 9B of the Explosives Act.

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