Karnataka bans firecrackers during Diwali, CM says decision taken keeping in mind Covid situation


The Karnataka government has decided to ban firecrackers in the state ahead of the Diwali festival.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa said the government banned firecrackers in the state over Covid-19 fears.

“Keeping Covid-19 in mind, crackers have been banned in the state. We have discussed this and taken a decision not allow bursting of fireworks,” Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa said on Friday.

With this, Karnataka has joined a list of states that have banned firecrackers before Diwali amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delhi government on Thursday banned firecrackers till November 30 with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal holding the festive season and pollution responsible for the rising Covid-19 cases in the city. The ban in Delhi will also cover green crackers, said a government official.

“In the wake of the rising pollution and coronavirus cases in Delhi due to the festival season, the Delhi government has decided to put a complete ban on the sale, purchase, and use of firecrackers in the city from November 7 to November 30,” the Delhi government said in a statement.

The Odisha government has also banned the sale and use of firecrackers during the Diwali festival in view of the health hazards of Covid-19 patients.

Last week, the Rajasthan government decided to ban the sale of firecrackers during the festive season in the wake of the crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had said, “Protecting the lives of people is paramount for the government in this challenging time.”

The National Green Tribunal has, in the meanwhile, expanded the ambit of hearing cases on pollution by use of firecrackers beyond the Delhi-NCR and issued notices to 18 states and Union Territories where air quality is beyond norms.

The green panel sought response from Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

Air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of mortality from Covid-19 as per research, the National Green Tribunal was informed on Thursday.

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