The Delhi government has imposed a complete ban on firecrackers till January 1, 2023, as announced by Gopal Rai, Delhi's Minister for Environment, Development, General Administration on Wednesday..The minister made the announcement via his Twitter handle, citing the health hazards caused by pollution to Delhi citizens as the reason for this decision. "In order to save people from the danger of pollution in Delhi, like last year, this time also the production, storage, sale and use of all types of firecrackers are being completely banned, so that people's lives can be saved.".He also said that there would be a ban on the online sale and delivery of firecrackers in the city as well.An action plan in this regard will be drawn up with Delhi Police, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Revenue Department for strict enforcement of the ban, he said. .The blanket ban on firecrackers has been a contentious issue for the last few years. In the most recent development, the Karnataka High Court had upheld the ban on sale of firecrackers in congested areas of Bangalore, reasoning that firecrackers, apart from being a health hazard, also caused enormous environmental pollution..Last year, the Supreme Court had set aside an order of the Calcutta High Court imposing a complete ban on use of firecrackers in West Bengal, stating that there cannot be a complete ban on firecrackers.