This Diwali would be a silent affair as the Supreme Court continues to uphold its ban on sale of crackers till November 1. This year, Diwali falls on October 19.
Headed by Justice Ak Sikri, he said, “We should see the impact of this ban, making way for a cracker-free festival.”
However, this ban is not for the coming years as this ban would be lifted on sale and stocking of crackers in Delhi-NCr on November 1. It was last year on November 1 that the apex court had suspended all licences which “permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR”. However, on September 12, this ban again again uplifted, making way for sale of the hazardous crackers.
After an appeal by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to bench in supporting the ban, Advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for petitioner Arjun Gopal, had contended before the court to restore the ban on crackers as the NCR witnessed a huge rise in air pollution during and after Diwali last year.
So, make way for a crackerless Diwali this season and usher in the festivities with some sweets and familial gatherings!