Firecrackers ban: SC to hear traders' plea today

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The ban on the sale of crackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) is set to continue, as the Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its earlier order.

Traders and sellers of firecrackers have opposed the order of the apex court as it hurts their business badly during Diwali celebrations.

The apex court, while banning sale of firecrackers till November 1, had said that its September 12 order temporarily lifting the stay and permitting sale of firecrackers, would be made effective only from November one.

The apex court has also said that it is perturbed by the communal colour given to the order, according to media reports.

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Through the hearing on the appeal seeking restoration of last year's command, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had ordered the bench that they completely "support" the application.

On Monday, the apex court has ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers there.

Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an "extreme step", and a "graded advancement" was required to deal with pollution.

The order of 11 November 2016, suspending licences for sale of firecrackers was operative until the next year but its impact had not been tested during the Diwali period. People burst firecrackers to celebrate the festival.

The top court had recently imposed the ban on fireworks until November 1, saying it wanted to test if it would make a difference to Delhi's air quality, ranked among the worst in the world.

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