The Supreme Court on Monday upheld its ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region till November 1, saying it wants to test the ban’s effect on Delhi’s air quality. The Central Pollution Control Board also supported the plea seeking restoration of the previous-year ban as the region witnessed a huge rise in air pollution after Diwali last year.
The Supreme Court today said its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) will continue till October 31.
A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said the apex court’s September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers would be effective from November 1.
Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.
The top court said it has not changed the September 12 order but its November 11, 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”.
On September 12 this year, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.
The apex court’s order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order.