In this season of bans, the Supreme Court has finally announced one ban that we are happy about! The apex court on Friday banned the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR.
The decision has been taken owing to the rising levels of pollution in the city. Just after Diwali, the NCR was enveloped in a blanket of smog. Even a month after Diwali, people can still be seen roaming around with masks on their faces. The pollution levels after Diwali were so high that one can see the haze and smell the hazardous air.
Several people are still complaining of breathing problems, coughing, infections, itching in the eyes and headache due to the bad air quality. Some even resorted to stepping out of Delhi to avoid the toxic air.
The ban on crackers comes just a fortnight after the Indian government banned the old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in a bid to curb black money. But this is not the first ban that has been imposed in any part of India.
Here is a look at some of the bans that have been in place in the country which have proved to be good.
Liquor ban: In a state where the crime graph is extremely high and the education level is depressingly low, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ordered a ban on consumption and sale of liquor in the state. The effects of liquor have been drastic on mostly the poor and lower middle-class families in the state. There have been several reports that the level of domestic violence in the state has come down after the liquor ban.
Plastic ban: A ban on plastic was imposed by Modi government in March 2016 on the manufacture of plastics below 50 microns. The move has led to people carrying paper or reusable bags. Even the ones available on the shops are paper bags. Plastic bags are even harmful to the animals who accidently consume it while eating from the garbage stacks. The government is aiming to phase out multi-layered plastic in two years.
Tobacco ban: The Delhi government had in April banned the sale, purchase and storage of all forms of chewable tobacco for the year. The ban covered products like gutka, pan masala, khaini and zarda. Unpackaged products of chewable tobacco, too, are within the ambit of the ban. There have been various efforts by the government to educate the consumers about the adverse effects of tobacco on the health of consumers.