Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: The Supreme Court has refused to relax the ban that it imposed on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR area citing spiking air pollution levels. The apex court has said that people can burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale came into effect. To ensure strict implementation of its orders, SC has directed Delhi Police to implement its directive.
As reported by NDTV, the apex court said that it was “pained and sad” that a communal colour was being given to the order. “We are pained to hear that some people are trying to give a communal colour to our order. It is sad”, the top court said while hearing the petition of traders to modify the order today.
Earlier on October 9, the Supreme Court ruled out a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region. As per PTI reports, firecrackers would not be sold in the region during Diwali with the Supreme Court banning their sale till November 1. 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 1st November, 12 days after the ‘festival of lights’. The apex court bench observed that due to the adverse effects of burning of firecrackers, “the air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby”.