Firecracker ban: Delhiites can come to MP celebrate Diwali, says minister

Firecracker ban: Delhiites can come to MP celebrate Diwali, says minister

With a view to control pollution in the national capital and surrounding areas, the Supreme Court on Monday banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, saying it wants to assess the difference to the air quality.

While the SC had issued a similar ban in the NCR region a year ago, it didn't have the opportunity to observe the impact on pollution levels, it said.

For those whose agenda of celebrating Diwali is only to burst firecrackers, have not arranged for the stock in advance and are residing in Delhi-NCR, they can still search different websites on the internet and try out their luck by ordering firecrackers online. He said a day's celebration will not damage the environment. He attributed pollution in Delhi mainly to vehicles and asked the Delhi government to work in that direction. The Bench referred to an order by the high court a year ago, when another Bench of the court had directed civic bodies in the state to inspect and re-verify licences issued in every ward for selling firecrackers ahead of Diwali, and to ensure that safety measures were in put in place to avoid accidents.

But on Monday, responding to a petition by three children regarding the noxious post-Diwali pollution, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1. Therefore it also ordered that a relevant agency compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year.

The police will also issue advertisements announcing the cancellation of licenses, said a senior police officer. As the news went viral, Twitterati had mixed reactions to it. Ye kaun sa maal phunk ke judge karte hain.

The blanket ban has been brought in ten days before the Hindu festival of Diwali when millions of fireworks are traditionally set off in the city. While slaughtering helps our economy to grow. The smog has been very harmful in past. Will crackers start emitting oxygen after Nov 1?

Last year, the top court had suspended all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR".

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