Twitterati hits back over cracker ban in Delhi-NCR

NEW DELHI: "Can't stop stubble burning so let's stop Diwali firecrackers instead..."

This is what a Twitter user said after the Supreme Court reinstated a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region on Diwali. The apex court said it wants to assess the difference in air quality in the highly polluted region.

On November 11 last year, the Supreme Court had ruled in favour of suspension of all licences "permitting sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail, within the territory of NCR".

However, on September 12 this year, the ban was temporarily relaxed, as the SC felt it would be an "extreme step" and a "graded approach" was needed to tackle pollution.

While some lauded the apex court's step to rein in pollution levels in the city, others were fired up that the decision is for Delhi-NCR and not across the county. Twitterati also questioned the Supreme Court's priorities, asking why the ban was being enforced during Diwali and not other festivals like Christmas and the New Year's eve.

Others raised concerns over the future of those who win their bread and butter by making and selling firecrackers.

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