The Delhi government will constitute a special team to check the sale of fire crackers in various markets across the capital on Diwali following the ban imposed by the Supreme Court on 9 October.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, while reviewing the ambient air quality status in view of the ongoing festival season, directed strict enforcement of the Supreme Court directions regarding the ban on sale of crackers.

In an effort to check alarming pollution levels, the Supreme Court on 9 October slapped a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region during Diwali this year.

The minister asked the environment department to constitute special teams to check the sale of crackers in various markets in Delhi. Any violation will be reported by these teams to Delhi police.

Hussain was informed that the copy of the Supreme Court order has been forwarded to the departments concerned including Delhi police and Divisional Commissioner for compliance.

The environment department is also organising awareness campaigns against use of firecrackers, the minister was informed.

In the meeting with senior officers of the department and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), Hussain expressed concern about the ambient air quality conditions since the first week of October.

Hussain directed that strict vigil be kept to check any type of open burning in Delhi so that local contribution to air pollution is avoided.

He directed strict enforcement measures to control emission from construction activities.  The minister also directed that the violators of dust control norms and those found burning waste, plastic and garbage in the open be penalised.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also urged principals of schools and colleges to promote “No Use of Firecrackers Campaign” through eco-clubs by organising nukkad nataks, padyatras, expert lectures and workshops involving students.