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SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi, asks centre to cancel license of sellers

Air quality in Delhi-NCR saw an alarming drop following Diwali celebrations this year
Supreme Court on Friday banned the sale of firecrackers in country’s national capital region

The Supreme Court on Friday banned the sale of firecrackers in country’s national capital region after citing poor air quality in the region.

The SC has also asked the Central Government to suspend all license of sellers of firecrackers in NCR region, and also not to issue fresh license.

Air quality in Delhi-NCR saw an alarming drop following Diwali celebrations this year, plunging to the record low.

The apex court said the sale of fire crackers should be enforce from today onwards till further order or any hearing by the court, news agencies reported.

The SC also directs Central Pollution Control Board to study harmful effects of materials used in firecrackers within 3 months.

After Diwali celebrations on October 30, a pall of smog was hanging over the city as the Diwali revelry and firecracker burning pushed the city’s air quality to alarming toxic highs.

Officials earlier said pollution went up in the city during Diwali as a hazardous mix of noxious gases and respirable pollutants hang very close to the surface.

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