Firecrackers sale ban in Delhi - right or wrong?

Firecrackers sale ban in Delhi - right or wrong?

"Let's try out at least one Diwali without firecrackers", the top court observed on Monday, suspending the sale of firecrackers in the region.

The apex court's order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order. The apex court order misses out on a directive for such online sale of firecrackers.

A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, AM Sapre and Navin Sinha assured the counsel for the traders that it would consult the judge concerned, who had passed the order, for placing their interim application for urgent hearing, PTI reported.

The suspension shall remain in force till further orders of this Court.

The Supreme Court order was seen as an attempt to check alarming pollution level in the national capital.

The government welcomed the move, with environment minister Harsh Vardhan requesting people to abide by the order.

Meerut: The Supreme Court's decision to impose a ban on the sale of firecrackers in national capital region (NCR), which also includes Meerut, has put the traders and manufacturers involved in its business in a bind."The livelihood of a large number of traders depends on these decisions". But the court said its September 12, 2017 decision - saying a total ban on firecrackers' sale in Delhi NCR is too "radical a step" and a graded, gradual approach to a complete ban should be adopted - would be effective from November 1.

However, the court said that the September 12, 2017 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.

On October 6, a bench of Justices AK Sikri, Abhay Manohar Sapre and Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea seeking restoration of the top court's previous year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

Each year, Diwali festivities leave the air in Delhi thick with toxic smog and suspended particles, and residents complaining of breathlessness and lung difficulties.

The World Health Organisation measures particulate matter known as PM2.5 and last week New Delhi levels were 17 times higher than what it deems safe.

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