SC drops a bomb, bans cracker sales in Delhi-NCR


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court reimposed on Monday a ban on sale of firecrackers in the national capital region ahead of Diwali, set to be celebrated on October 19, in view of concerns over pollution caused by smoke and chemicals released into the air.

The order, however, does not prohibit bursting of crackers – which means that people with last year’s stock can use firecrackers. But the ban on sale is clearly intended to drastically reduce the use of firecrackers in Delhi and surrounding areas. The ban will be in force till October 31.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri, A M Sapre and Ashok Bhushan restored SC’s November 2016 order banning sale of crackers in NCR and put this September’s order – which allowed limited sale but banned imports from other states – in abeyance till October-end.