Cracker-less Diwali in Delhi, Supreme Court says

New Delhi, Oct 9:  SC has banned the sales of crackers in Delhi as according to the Apex court pollution is choking the capital. This order is important as it comes ahead of the Diwali festival, which is celebrated across India with crackers and lights.

The reports on the air quality of India suggest that the air quality of the capital and NCR is deteriorating by each passing day and it is making the air unbreathable. 

The Supreme Court on Friday had reserved its verdict on whether firecrackers would be sold in Delhi-National Capital Region during the upcoming festival of Diwali.

The Bench headed by Justice A. K. Sikri had said it would “try” to deliver the judgment on Monday. The apex court was hearing a plea seeking restoration of its last year’s order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

The Central Pollution Control Board told the Bench that they “support” the plea and seek restoration of the SC’s November 11, 2016, order that suspended all licences that “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”.