New Delhi: In a major relief to the construction sector, the Supreme Court on Friday lifted the ban on overnight construction in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR) region.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta, while hearing builders’ plea altered the top court’s earlier ruling and asserted that the interim order of stopping constructions between 6 PM-6 AM has served its purpose now.

On November 4, 2019, the apex court had imposed ban on construction and demolition in Delhi-NCR, to check rising air pollution levels, allowing the activity only from 6 AM to 6 PM.

Notably, the decision would  help multiple government and private projects to restart. Besides, it would also restore employment to hundreds of casual workers.

Last year, the top court had partially lifted the ban on construction in the Delhi NCR region, after the Central Pollution Control Board said that air quality index (AQI) level was not severe. The construction ban had badly hit the real estate sector. It had also impacted work on public utilities such as the metro.