SC bans sale of firecrackers in Delhi NCR ahead of Diwali

Fire crackers are displayed for sale at a shop in New Delhi

The Supreme Court would on Friday hear a plea by a group of traders seeking modification of its October 9 order by which the sale of firecrackers was banned in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR) till November 1.

Every year, Diwali celebrations leave the atmosphere in Delhi thick with lethal smoke and suspended dust particles, and people are complaining of lung difficulties and breathlessness.

In September, the Supreme Court temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending licences for sale of crackers, saying a complete ban would be an "extreme step". A bench compromising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, A.M. Sapre and Navin Sinha assured the counsel for traders that they will consult the judge who had passed the order and thereafter it could be listed for hearing.

Shattered after the ban on the crackers' sale, traders in Delhi said that the top court should have imposed the ban before the licenses were issued to them.

Hussain was informed that the copy of the Supreme Court order has been forwarded to the departments concerned including Delhi police and Divisional Commissioner for compliance.

Kolkata - The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) will enforce the existing ban on sale and use of firecrackers that generate sound over 90 decibels and not opt for a blanket ban as is the case in Delhi. This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali. The traders have due respect for the apex Court and are duty bound to obey the orders but it will be in fitness of things if order is reviewed at least for this Diwali and subsequently a policy can be made. "It leads to closing of schools and authorities are compelled to take various measures on emergent basis, when faced with health emergency situation". This order prevailed during the year but the impact and effect of this order remains to be tested on Diwali days.

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