Delhi government to launch anti-firecracker campaign

With Diwali on the horizon, Delhi government is back with its anti-firecracker crusade. State Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday announced Delhi government will launch an anti-firecracker campaign from November 3.

He requested people not to burn crackers at all considering the seriousness of the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister said only ”green” firecrackers can be manufactured, sold and used in Delhi this Diwali as per a Supreme Court order issued in 2018.

The minister said smoke from firecrackers and stubble burning make Delhi’s air “hazardous” every year.

“The government will launch an anti-cracker campaign from November 3. Under it, 11 special squads of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and city police will inspect firecracker manufacturing units to ensure that there is no old stock left,” he said.

“In fact, I appeal to the people of Delhi to launch a ‘no-crackers’ campaign. They should try and avoid burning firecrackers completely considering the seriousness of the situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Rai said.

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