The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that there will be no sale of firecrackers during Diwali, as it restored a November 2016 order banning the sale and stocking of firecrackers in Delhi and National Capital Region(NCR).
A bench headed by Justice A.K. Sikri, while restoring the order, said: "We should see at least in one Diwali the impact of a cracker-free festivity."
The court said its order in September removing the ban would be effective from November, adding that it wants to test the effect of the ban on air quality after Diwali, the festival when millions across India celebrate by bursting crackers.
Each year, the festival leaves the air in Delhi thick with smoke and pollution.
The central pollution body -- Central Pollution Control Board -- supported the petitioners and wanted the ban be restored.
The apex court, however, had said its order lifting the suspension of permanent licences might require a review after Diwali, depending on the ambient air quality after the festival. It directed the Delhi Police to reduce the number of temporary licences by 50% of those granted last year and cap it at 500.