The Supreme Court’s decision of banning the sale of firecrackers during Diwali might have disheartened the residents of Delhi-NCR, but there are many who cannot resist making a lot of sound, noise and yes, smoke too. The apex court has put the sale of firecrackers on hold, but it doesn’t stop people from burning leftover firecrackers. But where do city limits end and the ban cease to apply? Some are asking how far do we need to travel to get crackers. Well, the answer will leave you exhausted in mind and spirit!
According to a Hindustan Times report, anyone keen on buying firecrackers legally will have to travel for hours and cover nearly 140 kms to 200 kms from the eastern and southern borders of Delhi – that is how far the ban will legally apply! Delhi-NCR residents will have to travel to Mathura, Ambala, Aligarh, Hisar, Moradabad and Bijnor to purchase crackers legally.
The Supreme Court ban is applicable in Delhi and 21 districts in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh comprising the NCR. In UP, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Baghpat, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar districts, whereas in Haryana; Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mewat, Rohtak, Sonepat, Rewari, Jhajjhar, Panipat, Palwal, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri, Jind and Karnal will bear the brunt of ban on firecracker sale.
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”.