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SC modifies order on firecracker sale in Delhi-NCR

12 September 2017

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court has modified its order of November previous year in suspending the permanent licenses for the sale of fire crackers in Delhi-NCR.

The apex court had on November 11 previous year suspended all licences which "permit sale of fire works, wholesale and retail" within the National Capital Region (NCR) territory.

No import of fire crackers from other states will be allowed, the top court said today in an interim order.

The court, by an interim order of November 11, 2016, had suspended all permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. Also, the committee has to submit a report on the issue by December 31st, 2017.

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The Supreme Court has also prohibited the transport of fireworks into Delhi and NCR from outside the region. It is a good attempt to keep the rising pollution level of the capital.

While temporarily lifting its earlier order, the top court said continuing the suspension of licences "might be too radical a step to take for the present" and a graded and balanced approach was needed to reduce and gradually eliminate air pollution in Delhi-NCR caused by bursting of fireworks. "So, the dealers of firecrackers should exhaust them first". The Delhi government, in its affidavit filed in the apex court, had said that school children were being informed about the hazards of indiscriminate bursting of fireworks and there were "anti-fire crackers" campaigns also.

Summary: Diwali this year may be quieter and healthier in Delhi, given an order from the Supreme Court that is expected to pare down the availability of firecrackers.

According to official sources, the benches ordered the authorities to make sure that no crackers are burst in the silence zones.

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"The governmental authorities need to realise their responsibility regarding the care and protection of the health of the people in Delhi and NCR and the importance of launching a sustained campaign to reduce air pollution to manageable limits during Diwali and the period immediately thereafter". Moreover, they could n't stop the bursting of crackers it is not that much easy to monitor the whole area.

The apex court's order came on the pleas of fire cracker manufacturers seeking relaxation of its November 2016 order.

The decision was taken after Diwali 2016 when the fire crackers rose the pollution level in Delhi to a risky level.

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SC modifies order on firecracker sale in Delhi-NCR