On November 5, chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced a ban on firecrackers by reviewing the covid situation and Diwali festival. As the pollution in Delhi is on the rise and due to that the difficulty the covid-19 cases are also increasing rapidly. The supreme court in October 2018, prohibited the sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, allowing only green crackers which are supposed to be made of less polluting substances and trigger limited smoke and noise. Also, a study from Harvard University found that even a minor increase in PM 2.5 particles can lead to an increase in covid-19 deaths so by keeping this in mind Delhi Government announced the ban on firecrackers in Delhi till 30th November.
Also in a notice to the ministry of environment and climate change, the Central Pollution Control Board, the Delhi Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Police commissioner, the NGT has that green cracker should be banned as well so there is no hope for bursting crackers this Diwali in Delhi.
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai had on Friday cautioned that bursting or selling firecrackers in the national capital this season can attract fine of up to 1 lakh rupees. Action will be taken under The Air (prevention and control of pollution) act 1981. So this Diwali pledge and celebrate Diwali with Diyas, Candles which are locally sourced and celebrate a wonderful eco-friendly Diwali.