New Delhi, Oct 9: A day after Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday said that he would request state Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to follow the similar step in the state.

“I will talk to Chief Minister Fadnavis and request if we can also ban crackers in Maharashtra in line with the Supreme Court’s ruling for Delhi. The festivals in Maharashtra should be pollution-free. When we burn fire during Diwali, it causes pollution, affects human beings, shops get ablaze, and children also die. The high pollution has a bad effect on the atmosphere which is the reason that sometimes there is less rains and sometimes high,” Kadam was quoted as saying by ANI.  (Also Read: What’s Diwali Without Crackers, Says Author Chetan Bhagat, Gets Trolled)

However, on Tuesday morning it has been reported that websites like buyonlinecrackers.in, crackersindia.com are offering home delivery of crackers in Delhi-NCR.

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court restored the ban on the sale of firecrackers till November 1. While delivering its order, the court said that it wants to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Diwali. The Supreme Court, earlier on October 6, had reserved its order on the review petition over lifting the ban on firecrackers.

A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and Abhay Manohar Sapre, was hearing the case.