SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31st Oct

SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31st Oct

Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till October 31.

While environmentalists and others have welcomed the apex court's order, many shopkeepers are still hoping that the biggies of Sivakasi - firecracker manufacturing hub - will manage to get a stay.

" The Supreme Court then declared the ban suspended for some time, in a ruling that firecracker makers said was 'well-reasoned'". On asking what she thought about the ban, she said, "I anyways do not celebrate this festival by indulging in firecracker bursting but this decision from the apex court has come a bit too late".

India's Supreme Court has banned the sale of fireworks in New Delhi and nearby towns, 10 days before the Hindu festival of Diwali, in a move to curb the capital's deadly air pollution.

Acting on a petition filed by three toddlers, Arjun Gopal and two others, the court a year ago noted that campaigns are held in schools wherein children are discouraged to burn fireworks. It ordered "forthwith" suspension of temporary licences issued by the police for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR following its 12 September order.

Air pollution can harm children more due to their small lung size. "This (decision) will play a crucial role in regulating air pollution in the region and reduce the impact on human health", said Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI.

The Firecracker Association, earlier in December previous year moved the apex court, challenging its earlier order of banning firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

Later, on 12 September the court had lifted its ban and had allowed the sale of firecrackers temporarily.

The court reportedly said it wanted to assess whether the ban would make a difference to Delhi's pollution levels. The air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes.

Every year, bursting of firecrackers around Diwali festival leaves air in and around Delhi thick, and pushes air quality to a risky "severe" level of rating. Please don't burst firecrackers this Diwali.

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