Delhiites showed mixed emotions right after a ban on the sale of firecrackers from the Supreme Court came out on Monday. While, some correlated this ban that came just 10 days prior to the most celebrated Diwali festival with the encroachment of the court on Hindu traditions, festivals, and faith. There were a few who supported this decision.
However, the cause remains the same. The fact that Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the country is now not unknown anymore. To enhance the air quality of Delhi and NCR, the step of staying the ban on the sale of crackers might be beneficial. However, it’s not only the firecrackers that result in deteriorating the air quality causing Delhiites to breathe in smoky air.
The burning of crop residue in the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana are also to be blamed for worsening the air quality of Delhi and its adjoining Noida, Faridabad, Gurugram, and Ghaziabad. Even though the National Green Tribunal has prohibited the crop burning practices in Punjab and Haryana, the governments of Punjab and Haryana have demanded additional funds from the Central Government to implement this decision.