Given the date, the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.
The apex court had given its first order on November 11, 2016 banning the sale of firecrackers till further orders.
Experts, welcoming the apex court's order, cautioned that while firecrackers cause episodic spikes in levels of air pollutants, what is needed is a sustained focus on tackling the menace. "Diwali fireworks only compound the problem", Bhure Lal, chairman, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) said.
The court said it wants to assess the difference to the air quality.
Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world.
Bhagat also felt that banning fire-crackers on Diwali was like "banning Christmas trees on Christmas and goats on Bakr-Eid". The traders told the apex court that their licences were revived in pursuance of the apex court's order passed in September 12 and they procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.
Why ban crackers only until Nov 1 and only in Delhi-NCR? Diwali falls on October 19 this year, and most of the wholesale and retail vendors of firecrackers had made big plans to sell their wares. He does not know how to dispose his cracker stockpile. Licences issued to shopkeepers were suspended.
He asked whether people who support ban on Diwali crackers will also fight for ban on tradition of sacrificing animal on certain festivals like Bakr-Eid.
Pulkit Choudhury, an engineering student from Rajouri Garden, said, "My cousins from other cities will certainly get me crackers from their hometowns and we will celebrate here in Delhi". Will crackers start emitting oxygen after Nov 1? The ban was imposed in 2016 previous year and was lifted temporarily around 20 days back.
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".