No firecrackers this Diwali in Delhi says SC

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A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri had on October 6 reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of the apex court's previous year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

In a decision that has high likelihood of polarising the citizens of Delhi, NCR, the Supreme Court has banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1. In order to improve the air quality, Supreme Court has restored its order of ban on fireworks sale. The court, while imposing the ban said that no new licenses shall be issued for sale and stocking of firecrackers.However, close to a year later, the apex court removed the ban temporarily saying that a graded and balanced and not radical approach was required to deal with pollution menace in the city.

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It must be mentioned here that citizens of Delhi-NCR have been suffering the impact of dangerously high pollution levels every year post-Diwali up till spring season.

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.

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The apex court's order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also supported the plea before a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri.

Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan who appeared for petitioner Arjun Gopal has contended that the ban on the use of firecrackers should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali a year ago.

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While passing the order, the SC said that let us try out at least one Diwali without firecrackers.

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