SC brings back ban on firecrackers in Delhi-NCR

SC brings back ban on firecrackers in Delhi-NCR

SC brings back ban on firecrackers in Delhi-NCR

On November 25 previous year, the apex court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR until further notice in wake of the alarming levels of air pollution in the region. The ban will remain in effect till November 1.

The Supreme Court has revived last year's order which had banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi, NCR.

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

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 a year ago.

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On November 11, 2016, the Supreme Court had ordered the suspension of all licences permitting the sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail, within the NCR till further orders.

The alarming rise in the level of pollution in the national capital and nearby areas alerted the legal authorities due to which they have made a decision to uphold the ban on firecrackers in the region. Later on September 12, 2017, the ban on fireworks was dismissed temporarily.

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The court, however, had said its order lifting the ban on sale of fire crackers might require a "review" after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality after the festival. He had argued that all aspects raised by the petitioner now were considered by the apex court while passing the order in September and though firecrackers impacted air quality, it was "not the greatest cause of particulate matter 2.5".

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