Green bodies welcome SC ban on sale of crackers

10 October, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Supreme Court order on firecracker ban expected Monday

In a move to curb the capital's deadly air pollution, India's Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of fireworks in New Delhi and nearby towns 10 days before the Hindu festival of Diwali.

The Supreme Court order came in response to several petitions, asking for a restoration of the ban it had first ordered in November 2016, before temporarily lifting it in September.

"We should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity", a bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri said.

On 12 September, the court partially lifted its ban order of November suspending permanent licences in NCR.

Every year, in the days following the festival of lights, there is a sharp rise in the number of people admitted to hospital suffering from asthma and respiratory problems - and many find it hard to breathe. The court today said it wants to test the effect of banning firecrackers on air quality after Diwali, the festival of lights which is celebrated by millions across India by bursting crackers and lighting lamps. In fact, according to a report in The Hindu, during Diwali night a year ago, the city's air pollution levels were 14-16 times beyond the safe limits.

However, an empirical study by IIT-Kanpur, in possession of The Pioneer, shows the SC was misled into ordering ban on firecrackers ahead of Diwali.

"All temporary and permanent licences in Delhi to sell firecrackers will stand cancelled forthwith".

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India and China together account for more than half of the 4.2 million deaths attributable to air pollution worldwide in 2015, a study by the US -based Health Effects Institute (HEI) showed.

However, apart from the burning of fire-crackers, the burning of farm waste in the adjoining states of Haryana and Punjab are also to be blamed for the increasing pollution levels in Delhi and NCR.

Some shopkeepers argue that pollution by firecrackers last for only a week, but vehicles pollute the cities throughout the year, and no one does anything about it.

A 2014 World Health OrganiSation survey of more than 1,600 cities ranked Delhi as the most polluted.

Soon enough, the yearly pro-Diwali arguments and whataboutery split the social media users over the Supreme Court diktat.

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

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