Amid firecracker ban, traders look to sell via online portals

Amid firecracker ban, traders look to sell via online portals

Medical experts had called last year's pollution crisis in Delhi - worst in two decades - an epidemic, forcing the Aam Aadmi Party administration to temporarily shut schools, halt construction projects and promise giant air purifiers and even artificial rain.

For those whose agenda of celebrating Diwali is only to burst firecrackers, have not arranged for the stock in advance and are residing in Delhi-NCR, they can still search different websites on the internet and try out their luck by ordering firecrackers online.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice AK Sikri, said that the November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there would be a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali.

The Supreme Court had revived last year's order which had banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi, NCR.

The court said it wants to assess the difference to the air quality. On Friday the Supreme Court had reserved its order on a plea for re-imposing a ban on selling firecrackers in the NCR.

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While for some this Diwali will be free of noise and smoke, for others such as Harjeet Singh and more than 1,000 big and small business owners in the capital, this festive season will be quite dark.

Singh, who had last week applied for a licence to sell firecrackers during the festive season, is staring at a financial loss of more than Rs 6 lakh. He does not know how to dispose his cracker stockpile. "I can not even sell them to a supplier in another city as transporting them is banned", said Singh, also the general secretary of the Sadar Bazaar Fireworks Association.

The alumnus from the reputed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has denounced the ban asking "what's Diwali for children without crackers". Will crackers start emitting oxygen after Nov 1?

Supporting the ban on firecrackers, Indian cricket team all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to his Twitter account and in a humble request said, "A honest request from my side to all of you coming from my heart that do not burn crackers this Diwali, please".

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