Well you heard it right. It will be a silent Deepavali this year as the Supreme Court is keeping its ban on trade of fire crackers in the capital and the National Capital district till November 1, 2017. This year, Diwali falls on October 19. The Supreme Court bench proceeded by the Justice AK Sikri, while re-establishing the command said, “We must see at least in one Deepavali the consequence of a cracker-free celebration.”
On the other hand, on September 12, 2017, the court ordered to take off the ban on the trade and stocking of fire crackers in the capital will be back into upshot from November 1, 2017. The apex court, during its November 1, order last year, had perched all licenses, which “authorize sale of fireworks, retail and wholesale within the territory of the capital”. Later, on September 12, 2017, the apex court had provisionally lifted its former order and permitted trade of firecrackers.
Through the hearing on the appeal seeking restoration of last year’s command, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had ordered the bench that they completely “support” the application. In November 2016, the court had completely stopped the trade of fireworks within the National Capital area, which consist of Delhi and close by areas, following an appeal flagging the frightening growth in smog levels after the celebration.
Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an “extreme step”, and a “graded advancement” was required to deal with pollution. The outlaw will now go only after November 1, 2017. Every year, Diwali celebrations leave the atmosphere in Delhi thick with lethal smoke and suspended dust particles, and people are complaining of lung difficulties and breathlessness.
Last Diwali celebration, the contamination in Delhi was said to be very hazardous and the worst as compared to the last decade. After the celebration, the Supreme Court, answering to the year 2015 petition by three kids aged among six years and 15 months, banned the trade of crackers.