According to the report, the Supreme Court of India has banned the sale of firecrackers this Diwali in the national capital Delhi. The Supreme Court has put the ban till November 1. The apex court stated that the move is aimed to control air pollution in the capital.
As per the report, the Supreme Court has stated that it wants to test the effect of imposing a ban on firecrackers on air quality after Diwali, the festival of lights when millions across India celebrate by bursting crackers and lighting lamps.
Supreme Court Bans Sale On Firecrackers In Delhi
The Supreme Court has banned cracker sale in Delhi to make Diwali less boisterous this year! In the hope to witness a cleaner Diwali in the national capital and its neighbourhood (NCR) this year, the Supreme Court imposed a ban on the sale of firecrackers till November 1. The apex court has stated that it wants to assess the impact of the ban on the air quality in the region.
Here’s how you can still burst crackers in Delhi
Every year, the festival of lights – Diwali leaves the air in Delhi thick coupled with deadly smog and suspended particles. Earlier, the residents have complained of breathlessness and lung difficulties after the festivity. According to reports, the pollution in Delhi after last year’s Diwali celebrations was said to be the worst in 10 years.
After Diwali celebrations, the Supreme Court, responding to a petition of 2015 and banned the sale of crackers. In November 2016, the court had stopped the sale of fireworks (crackers) within the National Capital Region. A petition led to the ban on firecrackers that mentioned the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali.
The court had temporarily suspended the ban on cracker sale last month but later allowed the sale, citing a complete ban would be an ‘Extreme Step’. It also stated that a ‘Graded Approach’ was needed to tackle pollution. The ban that has been imposed on cracker sale will be lifted only after November 1 now.
There is no ban on bursting the crackers though! Yes, despite the ban on the cracker sale this year, those who had already bought firecrackers from the market, can burst them on Diwali. Yes, that’s right, similar to the rest of the country where Diwali will be celebrated by bursting crackers and lighting lamps those in Delhi NCR who have already bought crackers can burst them on October 19.
Why cracker sale ban in Delhi?
As per the report, the petition filed by children has argued that when it comes to air pollution, the residents in the region are in the most vulnerable category, especially from suspended particles and toxins. Through the petition, the children have referred to the fundamental Right to Life.
The residents, especially the kids, are more prone to lung disease, coughing, asthma, retarded development of the nervous system, bronchitis and cognitive impairment.
The court has agreed that a ban ‘Should be given a chance’ to check the air pollution levels.