During Diwali, Delhi becomes more of a gas chamber than a city. The quality of air has worsened every year during the festival, when it is not only hard to breathe but also hard to see because of the thick smoke from the firecrackers.
To avoid a similar situation this year, the Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers in Delhi and NCR during Diwali starting today. The ban will remain until November 1.
Last year in November, the court had banned the sale of crackers in Delhi and NCR.
This year, it temporarily suspended the ban, as they say, a complete ban would be too extreme, and that they need a better approach to tackle pollution, reports NDTV.
Last year’s pollution caused due to fireworks during Diwali was the worst the city had experienced in 10 years. But a complete ban would be problematic as that would impact the livelihoods of cracker manufacturers, which is also what made the Supreme Court pause the ban, despite petitions by children.
Three children, aged between 14 months and six years, had filed a petition during 2015 to ban the sale of crackers, as they were prone to lung diseases. They approached the court again this time, which is what made it give the ban another chance, reports the publication.