Ahead of Diwali, THESE seven states banned the sale of firecrackers
States like Karnataka, Delhi, Maharastra, West Bengal, Rajasthan and other states have banned the use of crackers fearing an adverse impact on the current COVID-19 situation.
Diwali festivities are around the corner and several states have imposed a ban on firecrackers due to the pandemic. States like Karnataka, Delhi, Maharastra, West Bengal, Rajasthan and other states have banned the use of crackers fearing an adverse impact on the current COVID-19 situation.
Apart from Delhi, many other states have forbidden the use of crackers to rule out the potential risk of spreading the virus. The Delhi government recently imposed a blanket ban on crackers. The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Reviewed the corona situation in Delhi and preparedness with Chief Secy, health officials and all DMs. Corona cases have increased due to festival season and pollution. It was decided to ban crackers in Delhi…".
On Friday, The Karnataka government decided to ban the use of firecrackers. While talking to media in Bengaluru, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, “We have decided to ban firecrackers in the state, in wake of Covid pandemic. The order regarding the ban will be issued soon.”
On Thursday, The Calcutta High Court banned the sale of firecracker to curb pollution amid the pandemic. In a statement lawyer, Savyasachi Chattopadhyay said, "The High Court upheld the petition about banning use and sale of firecrackers during Kali Puja. We wanted the court to extend its Durga Puja-related directives to upcoming Kali Puja, Jagaddhatri Puja, Chhath and Kartik Puja to prevent people from crowding in this pandemic".
On Wednesday, the Sikkim government imposed a ban on firecrackers throughout the state, PTI reported. Also, the Odisha government banned the sale and use of firecrackers. The period of the ban is from November 10 to 30 as per state government order. “Considering the potentially harmful consequences of burning of crackers amidst COVID-l9 pandemic situation and approaching winter, Government of Odisha, therefore, prohibits the sale and use of firecrackers from 10th to 30th of November, 2020 in the public interest,” news agency PTI quoted chief secretary A K Tripathy.
Lately, on Sunday Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has imposed o ban the sale of fireworks. The CM directed to ensure a ban on temporary licences issued to sell firecrackers.
On Thursday, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope hinted at a ban on firecrackers during Diwali. In a media interaction, Tope said, “People should prepare that they may have to celebrate Diwali without firecrackers this year. The smoke from the firecrackers can cause breathing problems. They are also toxic, causing further issues for Covid patients. We need to ensure that we celebrate a firecracker-free Diwali this year. I am going to put forth a proposal regarding this before the chief minister and the state Cabinet".
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