'Allow Us To Sell Existing Cracker Stocks,' Delhi Traders Tell Supreme Court

Poll: Firecrackers sale ban in Delhi - right or wrong?

Poll: Firecrackers sale ban in Delhi - right or wrong?

Remember the pictures of smog-filled Delhi air after Diwali celebrations past year? Possibility of people buying crackers from other states and bursting them in Delhi-NCR can not be ruled out. As per the report, a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said the apex court's September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting the sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1. Given the date, the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who ruled the city-state for nearly 15 years, on Tuesday said that the firecracker ban on Diwali will disappoint people as it is a "sentimental religious celebration".

Each year, Diwali festivities leave the air in Delhi thick with toxic smog and suspended particles, and residents complaining of breathlessness and lung difficulties.

While the SC had issued a similar ban in the NCR region a year ago, it didn't have the opportunity to observe the impact on pollution levels, it said. According to ban, firecracker manufactures will not be able to sell their products in Delhi-NCR till November 1, 2017. Therefore it also ordered that a relevant agency compute the impact of a noise-and smoke-free festival this year. "Likewise, if the firecracker brand is selling its products online from Delhi, it should ideally curb its practices because the SC has banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR". We are conscious of the fact that after the said order was passed, the police may have issued temporary licences.

Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan welcomed the apex court's order and urged people to abide by the SC guidelines and "give green Diwali and our environment a chance".

After getting trolled on Twitter for a grammatical mistake, popular fiction writer Chetan Bhagat is again being panned for his latest comments on the Indian Supreme Court's decision to ban fire-crackers and given a rather communal slant to the matter.

In the heart of one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, New Delhi's Sadar Bazaar, more than 1,000 people involved with the firecracker industry are looking at loss of seasonal business as well as revenue of more than Rs 700 crore.

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