In a big setback which has come for the firecrackers manufactures in the Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR), the ban on the firecrackers on Diwali will continue as the Supreme Court will be monitoring the effect of air pollution for one year in the city. The license of firecrackers manufacturers have also been suspended till November 1 in wake of the pollution caused in the city due to bursting of firecrackers in the region.

The Supreme Court has revived last year’s order which had banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi, NCR. Last year, the sale of firecrackers were banned post Delhi which will remain applicable till November 1, 2017. Earlier on September 12 order, when the ban on the sale of firecrackers was partially lifted and had allowed firecrackers, would only be applicable from November 1, 2017. 

Therefore, no firecrackers will allowed to be sold in the Delhi, NCR and it will be only after November 1 when a partial sale of firecrackers will be allowed in the region. Fearing massive losses, the firecrackers manufactures had sought some leniency on the ground and asked that there should be a way to sell of the existing stock of the firecrackers. 

The firecrackers manufactures then were given two short windows to sell of their existing stock they which was lying in the Delhi, NCR. On the other hand, the petitioner in the case who had filed the revie petition in the court seeking ban on firecrackers had alleged that there right to live freely and withour pollution, and to be able to breath properly were being neglected.

Earlier on September 13, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi Police not to grant more than 500 temporary licences for the retail sale of firecrackers in the national capital during this year’s Dussehra and Diwali. A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said Haryana and Uttar Pradesh too, should ensure that retail outlets in the NCR region falling in their states were reduced by 50%. 

First Published | 9 October 2017 11:45 AM
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