No firecrackers to be sold in Delhi-NCR this Diwali


Last year, The apex Court banned the sale of crackers after Delhi-NCR region suffered the deadly smog attack post Diwali.

India's Supreme Court banned fireworks in the capital Delhi, in the run-up to the Hindu festival of Diwali.

However, last month, the top court modified its order, which though allowing the sale of firecrackers, imposed conditions and restricted the number of licenses issued. It went on to bring back its order of November 2016 when it had banned the sale of firecrackers. While petitioner has sought restoration of ban, the licence holders are seeking the lifting of curbs on bringing more fire crackers in Delhi and NCR to meet the demands of almost five crore people residing there.

The Supreme Court has revived last year's order which had banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi, NCR. This means that Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19, is likely to be firecracker-free and silent this year.

Now, after petitioner Arjun Gopal petitioned to reinstate the ban, so as not to let a surge of air pollution levels like past year, the Supreme Court has given a green signal.

The apex court's order came on a plea seeking restoration of the November 2016 order.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted "for the time being" its order of suspending the permanent licences for sale and retail of fire crackers within the National Capital Region (NCR) by modifying its order of November previous year.

The top court by its 2016 order while banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers had directed the cancellation of licences granted for the sale of fire crackers.