No sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31 October: Supreme Court


The Supreme Court on Monday said that its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region will continue till 31 October.

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Last month, the top court had temporarily suspended the ban allowing the sale of crackers, saying a complete ban would be an “extreme step” and a “graded approach” was needed to tackle pollution.

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However, on Monday, a bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said the apex court’s 12 September order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from 1 November, reported PTI.

Diwali is on 19 October and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

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The top court said it has not changed the 12 September order but its 11 November, 2016 order banning the sale of firecrackers “should be given a chance”.

The top court, through the 2016 order, had suspended all licences which “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”.

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The apex court’s order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order. The Supreme Court wants to test the impact of ban on the air quality in the national capital region post Diwali.


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