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New Delhi bans fireworks for Diwali to combat chronic pollution

The controversy started yesterday, when responding to a petition by three children regarding the noxious post-Diwali pollution, the Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1.

The decision comes a little over a week before the festival of lights when Delhi fills with acrid smoke from celebratory firecrackers set off day and night. However, they have to ensure safety regulations are strictly adhered to while storing the same.

Firecrackers were not the main culprit resulting in the exponential rise of air pollution, the counsels submitted.

Moreover, as per the circular, the bursting of the firecrackers will be prohibited between 10 pm to 6 am.

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Officials have also been asked to undertake public awareness campaign to apprise people with the ill effects of crackers besides informing them about air and noise pollution.

A distance of at least 100 metres should be maintained from hospitals, educational institutes, religious places while bursting crackers, the official said.

Millions of people who love celebrating Diwali by burning firecrackers on the festival were jolted after the Supreme Court on Monday ordered to continue the ban on sale of firecrackers on Diwali in Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR). The apex court's ban attracted a a number of reactions from across the country.

On the other hand, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy took to micro-blogging site Twitter to express his views on the matter. "I will request the chief minister and see if something similar could be done here as firecrackers cause pollution, human beings and animals get affected and even shops at times catch fire."Senior Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut, however, said the livelihood of scores of Marathi youth depended on the firecracker business and demanded the government refrain from imposing any ban. You never know, tomorrow the award wapsi brigade and those carrying out candle marches might file a litigation against the last rites ritual of Hindus, too", he tweeted".

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