Gurgaon administration allows residents to burn crackers on Diwali

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Firecrackers ban in Delhi-NCR: The Supreme Court has refused to relax the ban that it imposed on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR area citing spiking air pollution levels.

"We are pained at communal remarks on the verdict".

The traders had mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licenses were revived in pursuance of the courts' order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

However, those who had already bought firecrackers can still burst them during the Hindu festival of lights celebrated mostly across northern India. To ensure strict implementation of its orders, SC has directed Delhi Police to implement its directive.

On September 12 this year, the apex court had temporarily lifted its earlier order and permitted sale of firecrackers. "It is sad", the court said.

The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a plea filed by traders with temporary licenses seeking relaxation of the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the national capital and the NCR till November 1.

As per PTI reports, firecrackers would not be sold in the region during Diwali with the Supreme Court banning their sale till November 1.

Criticising Shashi Tharoor's statement supporting the ban on firecracker sale in Delhi-NCR, Ramdev said that an intelligent person like him must not speak like this.

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.

Chetan said that banning crackers on Diwali was like banning Christmas tree on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid.