Indian court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

  • Indian court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

Indian court bans firecracker sales before Diwali

India's top court yesterday temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in and around the capital ahead of Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights, as India looks to prevent a repeat of severe air pollution that forced school closures past year.

Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers association president Asai Thambi told HT, "Diwali is the time we make maximum profits and the SC order will completely smash many units".

In 2016, the apex court had suspended licences that "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR" on 1 November, while Diwali was celebrated on 30 October previous year.

Later, on 12th September, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers.

The city's air is among the dirtiest in the world - and after Diwali a year ago, choking smog forced schools to close for three days.

Last year's Diwali plunged New Delhi into a pollution emergency. It was only in September that the Supreme Court relaxed the ban it originally effected in November 2016. His tweets on a "Green Diwali" had apparently rattled a section on social media who call the ban anti-tradition.

Delhi's air quality is at alarmingly toxic levels and rapidly worsening.

The court, while delivering its order, said that it wanted to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Diwali.

A distance of at least 100 metres should be maintained from hospitals, educational institutes, religious places while bursting crackers, the official said.

For those whose agenda of celebrating Diwali is only to burst firecrackers, have not arranged for the stock in advance and are residing in Delhi-NCR, they can still search different websites on the internet and try out their luck by ordering firecrackers online.

While appreciating the concern of Supreme Court for environment protection, the Confederation of All India Traders said that conducting business of fire crackers is a centuries old legitimate activity protected under Constitution of India giving Right to Work and as such the Union Government should file a review petition before Supreme Court. The Gurgaon Police said that they were yet to receive the court order.

Going by the prevailing conditions, wherein the air quality is already "very poor" in many parts of the city, the situation may spiral out of control if firecrackers are set off indiscriminately during Diwali, according to SAFAR. In such a scenario, a question rises stating that if the Delhi public is so concerned about increasing pollution, then why do they not prefer taking public transport like metro or DTC buses to commute?

Wish they can ban firecrackers in #Pune as well.