The Supreme Court on September 12, 2017 modified its November 2016 order suspending all licences for sale and retail of firecrackers within Delhi NCR.
Diwali fireworks had lit up the skyline of Delhi on the night of October 30 previous year, but darkness had descended the morning after as a dense blanket of smog turned the city into a chamber of noxious and cancer-causing pollutants. Possibility of people buying crackers from other states and bursting them in Delhi-NCR can not be ruled out. Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival. Last year, the sale of firecrackers were banned post Delhi which will remain applicable till November 1, 2017.
Each year, Diwali festivities leave the air in Delhi thick with toxic smog and suspended particles, and residents complaining of breathlessness and lung difficulties.
He said Delhiites can come to Madhya Pradesh as the pollution levels are much lower there. It went on to bring back its order of November 2016 when it had banned the sale of firecrackers. "None of the dealers or retailers will be allowed to sell fireworks in compliance with the Supreme Court orders", said Prem Ranjan Singh, joint magistrate, Ghaziabad.At the fireworks manufacturing hub of Farrukhnagar near Loni, the officials cracked down on 36 establishments holding permanent licences and sealed them.
The police will also issue advertisements announcing the cancellation of licenses, said a senior police officer. The Judge delivers this judgement while eating delicious Biryani & smoking a Cigar.
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Disagreeing with the SC's ban on crackers, author Chetan Bhagat asked why such bans are only against Hindu festivals.
Though the decision was taken to control the pollution level of the capital but people have made it a communal issue.
Why ban crackers only until Nov 1 and only in Delhi-NCR?
The news travelled fast in the narrow bylanes of the two markets in the Old City with shops piled high with crackers of all kinds, ranging from sparklers selling for about Rs 20 a stick to powerful bombs going up to Rs 1,000 and more.