New Delhi, Oct 10: The Supreme Court on Monday banned sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 1 triggering a mixed response from all quarters. While some supported the ban, saying it will reduce air pollution in Delhi which turns into a gas chamber every Diwali, few others criticised the ban as it will mar the festive mood.
The apex court ruling, however, didn’t ban bursting crackers. Also, there is no ban on sale of crackers online, which points to a massive loophole in the Supreme Court’s verdict.
Websites like buyonlinecrackers.in, crackersindia.com offer home delivery of crackers in Delhi-NCR. Reputed online shopping portal like e-bay is also selling crackers. Buyonlinecrackers.in is even offering atrractive deals to buyers. Delivery of order of over Rs 10000 is free, the website advertises.
Cock brand, which is considered to be one of the best firecracker-producing companies in the country, has its own website which sells crackers.
The Supreme Court’s order also has no mention of what happens to those who purchase crackers from neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab to be used in Delhi. (Also Read: What’s Diwali Without Crackers, Says Author Chetan Bhagat, Gets Trolled)
The Supreme Court ordered a blanket ban on sale of firecrackers on Delhi and adjoining areas like Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad. Its last month’s order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November 1, 12 days after the festival of lights – Diwali.
A bench headed by Justice A K Sikri said that the November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences “should be given one chance to test itself” to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.
The court, in its last year’s direction, had suspended all licenses which permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR till further orders.