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Delhi Bans Firecrackers to Save Lives as Winter Pollution Looms

  • Local administration announces ban as preemptive measure
  • City is known for being among world’s worst-polluted capitals
Revellers light firecrackers to celebrate Diwali in New Delhi, India.

Revellers light firecrackers to celebrate Diwali in New Delhi, India.

Photographer: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

India’s national capital has banned fire crackers ahead of winter, in a bid to cut the world’s worst air pollution.

This is the second year in a row that the city state’s local administration is curbing the production, storage, sale and use of firecrackers ahead of the festive season that lasts through most of autumn and winter, when Delhi experiences its worst air quality. The tweet by Gopal Rai, the city’s environment minister, said the decision has been taken to “save people’s lives.”