A day after Supreme Court of India banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until October 31, it seems Maharashtra may also see crackers-free Diwali this year. The state’s environment minister has said he would request the chief minister to ban crackers on the lines of apex court ruling. According to ANI, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday not only backed the SC decision but even said he would request state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to ban crackers in the state in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling for Delhi.
“I will talk to Chief Minister Fadnavis and request if we can also ban crackers in Maharashtra in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling for Delhi. The festivals in Maharashtra should be pollution-free. When we burn fire during Diwali, it causes pollution, affects human beings, shops get ablaze, and children also die. The high pollution has a bad effect on the atmosphere which is the reason that sometimes there is less rains and sometimes high,” ANI quoting him as saying to media.
The Supreme Court yesterday restored the ban on the sale of firecrackers till November 1, in Delhi. The apex court had said that it wanted to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Diwali, which is on October 19.
In Delhi, the three municipal corporations have welcomed the SC order and said they plan to raise awareness about pollution through local representatives. PTI reported today that some civil society leaders are concerned about traders dealing with such products, saying they would be “badly hit” given the timing of the ban.
The three municipal bodies of Delhi have said they will take action against any illegal sale, as and when mandated by the higher authorities. “We should put environment first and think about the pollution that firecrackers cause, both of air and sound, and therefore, should be more judicious in our choice. We fully welcome the decision and our councillors would help in ensuring its full implementation a the local level,” East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat told PTI.
All the three corporations are ruled by BJP in Delhi.
SDMC Leader of House Shikha Roy also welcomed the verdict but argued that its timing is such that the ban’s impact will hit the traders hard. “My only concern is the impact it would have on the traders, especially those who have stocked firecrackers in huge quantity. Had the timing been a bit earlier, it would not have affected them so much, as it would badly hit them now,” she told PTI.