No firecrackers to be sold in Delhi-NCR this Diwali

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It was reported that Justice A K Sikri has announced its verdict on a petition seeking restoration of the restoration apex court's order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

The Supreme Court has brought back the November 2016 ban on sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR region. The court also went on to say that firecrackers will be available in the NCR from November 1 onwards.

The Firecracker Association, earlier in December past year moved the apex court, challenging its earlier order of banning firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

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Earlier on September 12 order, when the ban on the sale of firecrackers was partially lifted and had allowed firecrackers, would only be applicable from November 1, 2017.

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

Pollution levels in Delhi and NCR rose to unsafe levels following the bursting of firecrackers during 2016 Diwali.

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Last year's ban on the "possession, stocking and selling" of fireworks was ordered only after Diwali, when the city's air quality had already reached hazardous levels.

This yeaer's festival of Diwali is on October 19.

The court said it wanted to evaluate the difference to air quality.

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In a stern action to curb air pollution during the ongoing wedding season, the Supreme Court in November 2016 had suspended the licences of all firecracker sellers in Delhi and National Capital Region, virtually banning their sale and purchase. The Central Pollution Control Board also supported the petitioners and emphasized the need to keep the decision of Ban.

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