Supreme Court bans firecrackers for Diwali in Delhi

Fire crackers are displayed for sale at a shop in New Delhi

India's Supreme Court banned fireworks in the capital Delhi, in the run-up to the Hindu festival of Diwali. The court also went on to say that firecrackers will be available in the NCR from November 1 onwards. Toddler Arjun Gopal in his PIL sought the restoration of November 2016 order as he urged the court to modify its September 12 order by which the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers was lifted by the top court.

In November 2016, three children had petitioned in the court, in which the order was issued to maintain the order of the bay on fireworks.

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.

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Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, had contended before the court that ban on use of firecrackers should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali past year.

The court, however, had said its order lifting the ban on sale of fire crackers might require a "review" after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality after the festival.

On September 12 this year, the apex court had temporarily lifted the order saying a complete ban would be an "extreme step" and a graded approach was needed to curb pollution caused by them. 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.