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Supreme Court upholds NGT order banning the sale of firecrackers in cities with poor air quality

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New Delhi Jul, 23 (ILNS): The Supreme Court today dismissed the appeal challenging the order passed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), banning sale of firecrackers during the COVID times in all cities and towns across the country reporting ‘poor’ air quality index (AQI).

Senior Advocate PS Narasimha, who appeared for sellers and dealers of firecrackers, informed the Bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Sanjiv Khanna that a total ban has been imposed on firecrackers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Court clarified that the ban is in place only in places where air quality is poor and the ban is only in the sale and not on manufacture.

“Whatever can be, controlled should be controlled”, said the Court.

Advocate Sai Deepak J, representing a seller of firecrackers, argued that as per an IIT Kanpur report, firecrackers are not even on the list of top 15 factors, which contribute to air pollution.

Justice AM Khanwilkar on this point remarked, “Do you need IIT to understand that firecrackers impact your health? Ask someone staying in Delhi what happens during Diwali”.

The top court of the country, while dismissing the appeals, said that if air quality improves, the authorities may permit the sale and use of firecrackers as per the AQI, and no clarification or interference is warranted./ILNS/SNG

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