India bans firecrackers in bid to curb Diwali festival smog


The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers there. "This order prevailed during the year but the impact and effect of this order remains to be tested on Diwali days", the Bench, also comprising Justices A M Sapre and Ashok Bhushan, said.

In its latest order, the apex court said that its September 12 order will be effective from November 1.

Diwali usually elicits comments from celebrities, many of them pleas to people to not burst crackers, or not to add to the pollution during the festival.

However, while one public personality raised his voice in favour of banning on the sale of firecrackers and came forward to in support of looking for other ways to celebrate one of the most auspicious festival by lighting diyas, or by eating delicious candies. Further, the air pollution had become manifold severe after Diwali in 2016.

The SC allowed the sale of firecrackers to resume after November 1 this year.

After getting trolled on Twitter for a grammatical mistake, popular fiction writer Chetan Bhagat is again being panned for his latest comments on the Indian Supreme Court's decision to ban fire-crackers and given a rather communal slant to the matter.

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New Delhi's air quality has hit "very unhealthy" levels, U.S. Embassy data shows.

The top court had stopped the sale of fireworks last November, after a petition was filed calling attention to alarming levels of air pollution in the city.

Average year round air pollutant levels in Delhi were more than 5 times the safe levels as specified by India and were 10 times higher of that as specified by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The children argued: 'We are the most vulnerable category when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins. The court stated that a complete ban would be an extreme step.

The SC decision may cause a Rs.1000 crore loss to people involved in Tamil Nadu's fireworks manufacturing hub of Sivakasi and risks the livelihoods of lakhs of workers.