Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

After Delhi, will firecrackers be banned in Maharashtra next?

After Delhi, will firecrackers be banned in Maharashtra next?

Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam said that the final decision will lie with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

While the government will examine the possibility of banning firecrackers, the thrust will be more on building awareness on the harmful effects of firecrackers, the minister said, adding that he would discuss the issue with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. The Minister also urged the masses to pay cognizance to the alarming pollution level and adopt green practices.

Taking a cue from the Supreme Court order on banning crackers in Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra minister Ramdas Kadam has pushed for a similar move in Maharashtra. While delivering its order, the court said that it wants to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Diwali.

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On Monday, a Supreme Court bench of Justice A K Sikri, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that "we should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity". The air in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida becomes impossible to breathe post Diwali every year. But now the new order will not allow sellers to sell crackers till November 1.

In September, the Supreme Court temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending licences for sale of crackers, saying a complete ban would be an "extreme step".

Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh said that while the AAP respects the Supreme Court's decision, it should have come up with a decision on how to check pollution rather than banning sale of crackers.

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