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Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR

Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR

Pulling up the applicants for approaching the court at the last hour, a Bench led by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur rejected their plea. 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.

The Chief Justice was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Chandrakant Lasure, highlighting the issue of illegal firecracker shops set up in residential areas during Diwali.

Later talking to reporters, the minister said the state government will make arrangements for people to from Delhi to celebrate the festival in the state if they get in touch though letters and telephones.

The Supreme Court put on hold the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR on Monday, saying its earlier order permitting them will come into effect from November 1, nearly two weeks after Diwali.

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Residents will not be able to purchase firecrackers in the region this Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19, a move that is likely to significantly prevent the annual toxicity in the air. "Keeping peoples' health in mind, and there should be no pollution and for this, everybody should take care", Kadam told reporters here.

In its order, the SC said that there will be no sale of firecrackers this year. "What great work are you doing by snatching the livelihood when you can not give them employment? It is a celebration of lights, festival of lights, let us all light diyas instead of fire crackers, spread love, peace and happiness", he said.

The Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1 in the National Capital Region.

District Magistrate Vinay Pratap Singh said that the move will help check air pollution which past year reached alarming levels during Diwali and the following day in the national capital region.


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