Chetan said that banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas tree on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid.
With the Supreme Court banning the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR till November 1, can Delhiites breathe a sigh of relief?
The top court's order also does not specify what happens to all those who bring in firecrackers into Delhi-NCR from neighbouring states such as Uttar Pradesh or Haryana where sale of firecrackers is legal. Delhi schools have long run a campaign against the indiscriminate burning of fire-crackers on Diwali that pollute the national capital's air for several months.
However, the 24-hour average AQI (air quality index) is "poor", a shade better than "very poor", it said.
After many shopkeepers in Sadar Bazar and other parts of Delhi, who have suffered big losses due to the SC ban, pointed out this anomaly in media, many such portals removed "Delhi and NCR" as centres for delivery. Cricketers like Yuvraj Singh also made a plea to fans to make this Diwali cracker-free.
On October 6, a bench of Justices AK Sikri, Abhay Manohar Sapre and Ashok Bhushan reserved its order on the plea seeking restoration of the top court's previous year order banning the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. He does not know how to dispose his cracker stockpile. He further asked the court if it planned to also ban animal sacrifice on Muharram - observed by the Muslim community.
The move comes days after the apex court upheld the suspension of licenses for sale of crackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region.
The news travelled fast in the narrow bylanes of the two markets in the Old City with shops piled high with crackers of all kinds, ranging from sparklers selling for about Rs 20 a stick to powerful bombs going up to Rs 1,000 and more.
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".