SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 31st Oct

An Indian shopkeeper sells fire crackers in New Delhi

However, the court said that the September 12 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.

Firecrackers will not be sold in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) this Diwali as the Supreme Court on Monday restored a ban on their sale in the national capital and its suburbs till this month-end.

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.

"The ban will ensure that the levels of air pollutant do not reach as high a limit as they did past year around Diwali", said Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The court's order also includes that in silence zone there should be no firecrackers at any cast.

Diwali festivities leave the city and adjacent areas engulfed by a toxic cloud of smoke and hazardous levels of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) that pose the greatest threat to lungs.

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One of the most promising fielder and batsman of the Indian cricket team, Yuvraj Singh further added, "The condition of our country which had become a year ago, the pollution which had devastated the environment, I could not get out of my house". However, on September 12 this year the ban was relaxed.

The US embassy data shows air quality level in Delhi has already reached unhealthy levels.

Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world. She said, "So what that it's sale is banned, I will still celebrate it by the use of paper bombs".

After the Supreme Court decision, shutters came down on at least 30 shops selling firecrackers in the massive old Delhi market.

The children argued: 'We are the most vulnerable category when it comes to air pollution, especially from suspended particles and toxins.

Fireworks manufacturers in Tamil Nadu's Sivakasi, which accounts for 85 per cent of all crackers sold in the country, said that they are anxious that other states might follow the footprints of the top court order.

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