The Environmental Court of India has ordered a ban on burning of firecrackers in polluted urban areas. The court ruled on Monday before the biggest fireworks season in the country. The National Green Tribunal issued the order citing the association of pollution with an increase in coronovirus infection. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
The Diwali festival starts in India from next Saturday. Millions of firecrackers are traditionally lit in this festival of Hindu light. However, due to this, many people claim that the air pollution situation is getting worse. In North India, burning of straw and dry land every winter causes severe air pollution in the area. Recently, the impact of this pollution has spread to the capital Delhi. Due to which Delhi has got a place in the list of one of the most polluted cities in the world.
The National Green Tribunal, as powerful as an ordinary court, ruled on Monday that fireworks pose a serious threat to life and health. The court ordered that burning of firecrackers should be banned in all cities by 30 November as the risk of air pollution is increasing.
India has the second highest number of corona cases in the world. About 7.5 million people in the country are infected with the virus. Experts say that if air pollution increases, then symptoms of respiratory diseases like Kovid-19 can cause anxiety.
However, prior to the court’s decision, the states of Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra and West Bengal, including the capital Delhi, have been banned from selling and burning fireworks.