Sunday, 17 December, 2017

SC reserves verdict on plea for restoring firecracker sales ban in Delhi/NCR

An Indian shopkeeper sells fire crackers in New Delhi An Indian shopkeeper sells fire crackers in New Delhi
Melissa Porter | 09 October, 2017, 10:39

Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, had contended before the court that ban on use of firecrackers should be restored as the NCR had witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali previous year.

In a recent development, Supreme Court has said in its verdict that there will be no sale of Firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till November 1.

The bench of Justice AK Sikri, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan had on October 6 reserved its order on a plea seeking restoration of the apex court's past year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The license of firecrackers manufacturers have also been suspended till November 1 in wake of the pollution caused in the city due to bursting of firecrackers in the region.

India's Central Pollution Control Board told the court they also wanted the ban to be restored.

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".

Pollution levels in Delhi and NCR rose to unsafe levels following the bursting of firecrackers during 2016 Diwali. The Supreme Court judgement has come ahead of Diwali.

However, counsels appearing for the permanent licencees selling crackers, opposed the plea and said that the September 12 order lifting the ban was "well-reasoned" and passed after hearing all the parties, including the CPCB. This means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival Diwali in the national capital. On the other hand, the petitioner in the case who had filed the revie petition in the court seeking ban on firecrackers had alleged that there right to live freely and withour pollution, and to be able to breath properly were being neglected.