'Allow Us To Sell Existing Cracker Stocks,' Delhi Traders Tell Supreme Court
11 October, 2017, 14:23 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
On Monday, the top court reinstated its September 2016 order that had suspended all licences of wholesale and retail sales of firecrackers in the region. Medical experts had called last year's pollution crisis in Delhi - worst in two decades - an epidemic, forcing the Aam Aadmi Party administration to temporarily shut schools, halt construction projects and promise giant air purifiers and even artificial rain.
Pulkit Choudhury, an engineering student from Rajouri Garden, said, "My cousins from other cities will certainly get me crackers from their hometowns and we will celebrate here in Delhi".
Firecrackers would not be sold in Delhi-NCR during Diwali this year, the Supreme Court had said yesterday, while banning their sale till November 1. SC in its order said though it can not be confirmed with any great degree of certainty that the extremely poor quality of air in Delhi in November and December 2016 was the result only of bursting fireworks around Diwali but even then the contribution of the bursting of fireworks can not be ignored.
In November previous year, the court had stopped the sale of fireworks within the National Capital Region, which includes Delhi and nearby areas, following a petition flagging the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali. As the news went viral, Twitterati had mixed reactions to it.
On October 6, a bench of Justices AK Sikri, Abhay Manohar Sapre and Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea seeking restoration of the top court's a year ago order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The Judge delivers this judgement while eating delicious Biryani & smoking a Cigar.
SC is not anti-Hindu by banning crackers in Delhi-NCR it is betterment for everyone of us.
Why ban crackers only until Nov 1 and only in Delhi-NCR?
Though the decision was taken to control the pollution level of the capital but people have made it a communal issue.
The news travelled fast in the narrow bylanes of the two markets in the Old City with shops piled high with crackers of all kinds, ranging from sparklers selling for about Rs 20 a stick to powerful bombs going up to Rs 1,000 and more.
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