Amid firecracker ban, traders look to sell via online portals

New Delhi bans fireworks for Diwali to combat chronic pollution

Diwali falls on October 19."Yesterday (Monday), the Supreme Court gave its decision that there should not be firecracker shops in residential areas".

It said the November 11 past year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after the last Diwali. The ban does not stop bursting of crackers in the city but only the sale of crackers in residential localities.

The order comes at a time when Delhi's air quality has already hit "very unhealthy" levels. 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 Supreme Court bench mentioned that there should be at least in one Diwali with the impact of a cracker-free festivity.

Lawyer Deepak Chauhan, representing trader Rajesh Kalia and several others, said that a huge amount of money has been invested by them after their licences were revived and the recent order of the apex court would cause huge loss to them.




Even as the Supreme Court ordered a complete ban on sale of fireworks this Diwali on the ground, it may have forgotten to net the virtual shopping world to this end. "The ban has not been tested even for one season".

Yuvraj had posted a video and urged fans to celebrate a pollution-free Diwali this year.

However, counsels appearing for the permanent licencees selling crackers, opposed the plea and said that the September 12 order, lifting the ban, was "well-reasoned" and passed after hearing all the parties, including the Central Pollution Control Board. The September 12 order came on the heels of a 2016 petition, filed on behalf of three toddlers. If we will not take the responsibility then nobody else will do that.

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