Traders move Supreme Court for modification of order banning firecrackers sale

New Delhi bans fireworks for Diwali to combat chronic pollution

Diwali is on October 19 and the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival. The order does not prevent people from bursting crackers, but deals a blow to those engaged in their manufacturing and sale.

The World Health Organisation measures particulate matter known as PM2.5 and last week New Delhi levels were 17 times higher than what it deems safe. The Bench referred to an order by the high court a year ago, when another Bench of the court had directed civic bodies in the state to inspect and re-verify licences issued in every ward for selling firecrackers ahead of Diwali, and to ensure that safety measures were in put in place to avoid accidents.

The traders told the apex court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court's order passed in September 12 and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali. The Supreme Court bench mentioned that there should be at least in one Diwali with the impact of a cracker-free festivity. The apex court order misses out on a directive for such online sale of firecrackers.

He also said that the court should regulate the use of crackers instead of banning it. "The ban has not been tested even for one season".

In the video message, the India all-rounder recalled the trouble he had past year due to pollution.

The apex court, however, had said its order lifting the suspension of permanent licences might require a review after Diwali, depending on the ambient air quality after the festival.

Firecrackers were not the main culprit resulting in the exponential rise of air pollution, the counsels submitted. The September 12 order came on the heels of a 2016 petition, filed on behalf of three toddlers. "We have no option but to burn stubble to be able to sow again and have taken a decision to continue doing so", As you all know that just blaming them for this problem is not the solution to the problem.

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