Firecracker ban: Delhiites can come to MP to celebrate Diwali, says minister

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With the Supreme Court banning the sale of firecrackers during Diwali this year in the National Capital Region, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh on Tuesday invited residents of Delhi to come to MP to celebrate Diwali.

He said Delhiites can come to Madhya Pradesh as the pollution levels are much lower there.

The Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers till November 1 in the National Capital Region. On Friday the Supreme Court had reserved its order on a plea for re-imposing a ban on selling firecrackers in the NCR.

In its order, the SC said that there will be no sale of firecrackers this year. It went on to bring back its order of November 2016 when it had banned the sale of firecrackers.

While passing the order, the SC said that let us try out at least one Diwali without firecrackers. The court also went on to say that firecrackers will be available in the NCR from November 1 onwards. The graded reduction in the sale of crackers will start from November 1 onwards, the SC also said.

Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday said that cracker shops will not be allowed in residential localities in Mumbai. The ban does not stop bursting of crackers in the city but only the sale of crackers in residential localities.

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