Silent Diwali: No fireworks.

Silent Diwali: No fireworks.

Party pooper: Apex court bans sale of fireworks in Delhi-NCR till November

Industry in darkness, traders stuck with stocks; SC suspends all licences for sale of crackers

Agency Report | New Delhi | 9 October, 2017 | 11:40 PM

Diwali is the time we make maximum profits and the SC order will completely smash many units. We cause pollution only for a week at best, but vehicles pollute the city 24x7 all 365 days. What about that? This is the argument of those involved in the industry. In fact, Sivakasu the small town in Tamil Nadu which produces about 85 per cent of the crackers in the country has an annual turnover of Rs 7000 crore and employs over 300,000 workers, and another 500,000 are engaged in related industries – packaging, printing, paper rolling transportation and others.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers there.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Ashok Bhushan, while restoring last November’s order, said: “We are of the view that the order suspending the licences should be given one chance to test itself in order to find out as to whether there would be positive effect of this suspension, particularly during Diwali period.”

However, the court said that the September 12 order lifting the ban on the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi NCR will be back into effect from November 1.

Pointing to the adverse impact of the bursting of the firecrackers that is witnessed year after year, Justice Sikri speaking for the bench said: “The air quality deteriorates abysmally and alarmingly and the city chokes thereby, it leads to closing the schools and the authorities are compelled to take various measures on emergent basis, when faced with ‘health emergency’ situation.”

This very situation, the court said, had occurred on the very next morning after Diwali in the year 2016 and “resulted in passing the order dated November 11, 2016″.

“This order prevailed during the year but the impact and effect of this order remain to be tested on Diwali days,” the judgment said.

Going by these considerations, the court said, “We are of the opinion that the judgement dated September 12, 2017, passed by this Court should be made effective only from November 01, 2017.”

Making it clear that though it was not tweaking with the various directions issued by the September 12 judgement, the court said that the effect of the September 12 order “would not be given effect during this Diwali, and, therefore, we are making it effective only from November 1, 2017″.

The court said that all the temporary licences that police had issued in pursuance to September 12 order stands suspended forthwith “so that there is no further sale of the crackers in Delhi and NCR”.

Further orders in this behalf can be passed on assessing the situation that would emerge after this Diwali season, it added. (IANS)