SC pours water on firecracker: highlights of the order

Saul Bowman
October 10, 2017

On November 25 past year, the apex court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until further notice in wake of the alarming levels of air pollution in the region.

The court wants to "see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity".

Last year, the Supreme Court stopped the sale of fireworks in and around New Delhi after a slew of petitions flagged the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali.

Although a ban was successfully implemented last November, fireworks sales resumed last month after manufacturers warned the restrictions were affecting livelihoods. The Supreme Court then declared the ban suspended for some time, in a ruling that firecracker makers said was "well-reasoned".

The court hopes the ban, which will also cover the festival falling on October 19, will help improve air quality in the Capital.

It was further pointed out that the order of November 11, 2016 was passed immediately after Diwali. However, the residents said that polluted surroundings persist even during non-Diwali season."The decision by the apex court was much needed as pollution levels in Ghaziabad remain high throughout the year".

According to an NDTV report, three children, supported by Central Pollution Control Board, had gone to the court asking that its order banning the sale of crackers in Delhi in November 2016 be restored.

The Supreme Court's order is indeed a Diwali gift for not only humans but for the pets who get disoriented and temporarily lose hearing sense due to incredibly loud and unexpected noises.

Since bringing crackers in from surrounding areas and bursting them in NCR is still a possibility, the issue is sure to come up again before the court.

The US embassy data shows air quality level in Delhi has already reached unhealthy levels. Analysts worry that this will only increase the smuggling of fireworks from neighboring states.

In a series of tweets, Bhagat compared the ban on firecrackers to banning Christmas trees on Christmas or goat slaughter on Bakri Eid.

The children argued: 'We are the most vulnerable category when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins.

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