09 October,New Delhi
The Supreme Court Monday extended its order of last November banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till the 31st of this month.
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.
With Diwali on the coming 19th, the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.
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.
AIR correspondent reports, there will be no firecrackers available for purchase this Diwali as the Supreme Court upheld its earlier verdict banning sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region.
The apex court’s verdict came on a plea seeking restoration of last year order suspending all licences which permit sale of fireworks.
Each year, the festival leaves the air in Delhi thick with deadly smog which led to breathlessness and lung difficulties.
Last year, Diwali firecrackers pushed pollution level in the capital to a dangerous level.
The Supreme Court’s order is indeed a Diwali gift for not only humans but for the pets who get disoriented and temporarily lose hearing sense due to incredibly loud and unexpected noises.