It seems this cracker ban is spreading like a fire ahead of Diwali. A day after the Supreme Court banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that there will be no sale of crackers in residential areas, news channel India Today reported. On Monday, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, meaning they would not be sold in the region during Diwali this year, till November 1, dealing a big blow to the traders and businessmen dealing with them. The apex court said its last month’s order, temporarily lifting the stay and permitting the sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1, 12 days after the ‘festival of lights’.
Diwali fireworks had lit up the skyline of Delhi on the night of October 30 last year, but darkness descended the morning after as a dense blanket of smog turned the city into a chamber of noxious and cancer-causing pollutants.
The move has already been hailed by environment experts.
The three municipal corporations of Delhi have welcomed the verdict of the Supreme Court and said they plan to raise awareness about pollution through local representatives. Some civic leaders, however, expressed concern about the traders dealing with such products, saying they would be “badly hit” given the timing of the ban imposition. The three corporations also said they would take action against any illegal sale, as and when mandated by the higher authorities. East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat was all praises for the apex court verdict, saying, “We should all go for eco-friendly Diwali.”
All three corporations — the North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or the NDMC, SDMC and EDMC are ruled by the BJP.
South and North Delhi is home to several markets, including those selling firecrackers. Areas like Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazar are traditional markets for such products.