India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers in New Delhi on Monday, ahead of the Diwali festival that leaves the city shrouded in toxic smog.
Pollution levels in New Delhi hit a 10-year high following Diwali in 2016, according to NDTV, and three children who demanded a fireworks ban had their petition heard by the Supreme Court. It has brought back the November 2016 ban on the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region.
In a shocking move, Supreme court has put up a ban on the purchase of Crakers in Delhi and NCR, to be effective till November 1.
India's Supreme Court has banned fireworks in the capital Delhi, in the run-up to the Hindu festival of Diwali. "It is a celebration of lights, festival of lights, let us all light diyas instead of fire crackers, spread love, peace and happiness", he said. The court had said that it would review its interim order after going through the report. Our country's situation a year ago during Diwali was terrible, the air we were breathing was polluted and I couldn't get out of my house due to all this chaos caused by the crackers. Environmental activists had requested the apex court to intervene in the matter and ban the sale of firecrackers in the capital.
The Bench noted that there was direct evidence of deterioration of air quality at alarming levels during Diwali every year.
The court ruled that people who had already bought fireworks may use them, but that no new ones could be sold for the rest of October. The ban was temporarily lifted in September. This means that Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19, is likely to be firecracker-free and silent this year. This is often blamed on burning of unwanted vegetation on farms in neighboring states, usual at this time of year, worsened by fumes from fireworks.
Others reminded him of the high incidence of respiratory diseases among Delhi's young where many children are born with asthma caused by the pollutants in the air.