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Delhi: Govt Imposes Ban On Manufacturing, Sale, Use Of Firecrackers To Curb Pollution In Winter

The ban on the manufacturing, sale, storage and use of all kinds of firecrackers in Delhi has been a practice for the last three years. The government had warned the citizens of a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200 last year.

Delhi government reimposes ban on manufacturing, sale, storage and use of all kinds of firecrackers to curb pollution.
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Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Monday that they have decided to impose a ban on the manufacturing, sale, storage and use of all kinds of firecrackers in the capital as part of an action plan to reduce pollution levels in winter.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, Rai said that the police will be issued strict directions to implement the ban in the city.

The Delhi government has been following the practice of banning all kinds of firecrackers for the last three years.

"We have seen a considerable improvement in Delhi's air quality in the last five-six years but we have to improve it further. Therefore, we have decided to ban firecrackers this year too," Rai said.

Last year, the government announced that bursting firecrackers on Diwali in the city would attract a jail term of up to six months and a fine of Rs 200.

It had said production, storage and sale of firecrackers in Delhi would be punishable with a fine of up to Rs 5,000 and three years in jail under Section 9B of the Explosives Act.

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