"All temporary and permanent licences in Delhi to sell firecrackers will stand cancelled forthwith".
Soon enough, the yearly pro-Diwali arguments and whataboutery split the social media users over the Supreme Court diktat. Possibility of people buying crackers from other States & bursting in Delhi NCR can not be ruled out and in such case Delhi traders will be in disadvantageous position and will loose business to their counterparts in other States. Those who have bought fireworks already can still set them off, the court said. "Hopefully they won't do that", she told Asian News International, a partner of Reuters Television.
"Today, the onus is on the Delhi Police to make sure that people don't burst firecrackers", she added. "The extent of air pollution caused by bursting of fireworks is not clear in the absence of empirical data - it could be severe or it could be marginal, but it is there", the bench had said.
The ban is effective immediately and lasts until November 1. The sales of firecrackers can resume from November 1, 2017. Air quality declines rapidly around Diwali time partly as well because farmers in surrounding regions burn crop stubble illegally.
Interestingly, an IIT-Kanpur research paper commissioned by the Delhi Government in 2016 has found that the pollution levels in the month of November 2013 were higher than the day on which Diwali was celebrated.
However, some people have raised questions as to why the Supreme court has chose to ban crackers for a Hindu festival, and author Chetan Bhagat was not very happy about the motion. On September 12, the SC had lifted "for the time" its order of suspending the permanent licences for sale and retail of firecrackers within the National Capital Region (NCR).
The court's order also includes that in silence zone there should be no firecrackers at any cast. The Central Pollution Control Board also supported the petitioners and emphasized the need to keep the decision of Ban.
With some of the highest levels of pollution in the world New Delhi sees an increase of people admitted to hospital suffering from asthma and respiratory problems after Diwali.
Earlier, the apex court had granted permission for sale of firecrackers to exhaust 50 per cent of the stocks during this Diwali.
Diwali festivities every year bring deadly smog and suspended particles over Delhi's air and people complain of breathlessness and lung difficulties.
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