With the ban, there will be no sale of firecrackers in the capital city around Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
It must be mentioned here that citizens of Delhi-NCR have been suffering the impact of dangerously high pollution levels every year post-Diwali up till spring season.
However those who have already bought fireworks will be able to set them off. Another shop in the area by the name of Deepak Firecrackers was functioning quietly without any flashy banners.
Chetan said that banning crackers on Diwali is like banning Christmas tree on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid. There would be no sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region from today.
Acting on a petition, the Supreme Court directed that all licenses to sell firecrackers in New Delhi and neighboring cities be suspended until October 31.
Last week, the district magistrate had asked the Residents Welfare Associations to hold a meeting in all the sectors to convince residents to avoid using crackers on this Diwali. Not a lot, just some phooljharis and anaars. "I am sure you would have felt bad about it too". They will be procured from outside the state.
Every year, in the days following the festival of lights, there is a sharp rise in the number of people admitted to hospital suffering from asthma and respiratory problems - and many find it hard to breathe. "There should have been a blanket ban if it leads to pollution".
A similar ban imposed previous year was a total failure, as none had pertained to the rules. "I would have dealt in gifts instead".
The shopkeepers were discreetly selling fireworks.