Diwali festival without fireworks? Supreme Court says yes

Air Pollution in Delhi

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Concerned over the rise in pollution level around Diwali, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till October 31.

With the festival of lights Diwali just around the corner, Supreme Court (SC) of India on Monday banned the sale of fireworks ahead of the annual festival on October 19.

On November 1, 2016, the apex court had suspended all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR".

Diwali festivities every year bring deadly smog and suspended particles over Delhi's air and people complain of breathlessness and lung difficulties.

However, while one public personality raised his voice in favour of banning on the sale of firecrackers and came forward to in support of looking for other ways to celebrate one of the most auspicious festival by lighting diyas, or by eating delicious candies.

Yuvraj Singh has supported the apex court's decision and urged Indians to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali.

"All temporary and permanent licences in Delhi to sell firecrackers will stand cancelled forthwith". Going by these considerations, the court said, "We are of the opinion that the judgment dated September 12, 2017 passed by this Court should be made effective only from November 01, 2017".

The city's air is among the dirtiest in the world - and after Diwali previous year, choking smog forced schools to close for three days. People purchased firecrackers like anything and burst them till early morning the next day of Diwali , As Reported By Hindustan Times.

According to Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the PM 2.5 levels had reached 999 - 16 times over the safe limit of 60 past year.

Activists, however, fear people will smuggle fireworks from neighboring states.

Impact: While the sale of firecrackers will directly impact traders, it is to be seen if there will be a significant change in air quality around Diwali this year.

He also said that the court should regulate the use of crackers instead of banning it.

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