The Supreme Court on Friday banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and NCR region until further notice in wake of the alarming air pollution in the region. The top court has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to file a reply within three months regarding the harmful effects of firecrackers.
Environmentalists were seeking courts intervention in passing orders for ban on sale of firecrackers due to considerable increase in level of pollution in the national capital. The sale of firecrackers will be enforced from Friday onwards till further order or any hearing by the apex court.
The three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Tirath Singh Thakur passed this verdict.
Earlier, the bench had asked Arjun Gopal, one of the petitioners of the case to put all the materials on record with respect to extent of damage caused by the pollutants on health. In the wake of rising air pollution in the national capital earlier Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung also decided to ban use of firecrackers, except at religion functions.