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

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

Concerned over the rise in pollution level around Diwali, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till October 31.

After the Supreme Court on Monday ban on the sale of firecrackers till November 1 in the national capital, cracker shop owners condemned the decision.

On September 12 this year, the top court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday said it too was anxious about pollution in Delhi but said it was not in favour of banning firecrackers during Diwali.

In India setting off fireworks on festivals is synonymous with celebrations and families spend lavishly to buy fire crackers and then set it off during marriages and Diwali night.

"This ban will stay in operation till November 1". But the effect of that order would not be discernible as in the judgment dated September 12, 2017, the said order stands relaxed. Noted Indian author Chetan Bhagat on the contrary after Supreme Court's decision also took to Twitter and said, "SC bans fireworks on Diwali?"

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" Past year, the top court had suspended all licenses which permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR, following a petition flagging the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali".

The US embassy data shows air quality level in Delhi has already reached unhealthy levels.

The report adds that the average year-round air pollutant levels in Delhi were more than five times the safe levels specified by India and 10 times higher than the limits specified by WHO. The Bench, in its judgment, had also opined that a graded and balanced approach would be needed to reduce and eliminate the air pollution in the capital caused due to firecrackers.

Activists fear people will smuggle fireworks from neighbouring states.

The children argued: 'We are the most vulnerable category when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins. This means that Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19, is likely to be firecracker-free and silent this year.