The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a ban on the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region due to the ever increasing pollution level in the region. The Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the licenses of all the fire cracker sellers. The decision by the apex court has been hailed as a big step in the efforts to curb the pollution level in the state. The Supreme Court also asked the Central Pollution Control Board to file a reply within 3 months regarding the harmful effects of fire crackers.
The Supreme Court ordered that the ban on the sale of fire crackers had to enforced from today till any further order or any hearings are conducted by the apex court. It was reported that environmentalists were seeking the Supreme Court’s intervention in passing orders for a ban on fire crackers owing to the increasing level of pollution in the national capital.
Earlier in the month of October/November, following Diwali, the entire Delhi NCR region was seen covered in thick layers of smog for weeks. It was reported the pollution level in the region was 17 times more than what was permissible for being a safe place to breathe in. Although, it was later revealed that the burning of paddy stubbles in large quantity by farmers in Punjab was a major contributing factor for the smog, a lot of fire crackers burst in the region was also a cause for the air pollution.