Supreme Court bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till 1 November 2017
October 11, 2017

The Supreme Court on 9 October 2017 banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR till 1 November 2017. The decision was taken to find out whether there will be a positive effect of this ban particularly during Diwali period on the health of citizens and a steadily deteriorating air quality.

The ruling was made by a bench of Justices AK Sikri, AM Sapre and Ashok Bhushan.

Burning of these firecrackers during Diwali in 2016 had led to immense increase in particulate matter levels by three times, making Delhi the worst city in the world, as air pollution is concerned.

Background

The judgment came on petitions challenging the September 2017 ruling on the November 2016 ban on sale of firecrackers.

In its September 2017 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a total ban on firecrackers’ sale in Delhi NCR is too radical a step. However, it called for a graded, gradual approach to a complete ban. 

The September 2017 ruling modifying the ban on sale of firecrackers was taken without considering the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) consistent stand for the past 20 years that sulphur in fireworks should not be permitted.

As per Central Pollution Control Board, sulphur on combustion produces sulphur-dioxide, which is extremely harmful to health.