Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Supreme Court Bans Entry Of Firecrackers In Delhi-NCR For Dussehra, Diwali

Supreme Court Bans Entry Of Firecrackers In Delhi-NCR For Dussehra, Diwali

The Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its earlier ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi, but ordered that no new firecrackers should be allowed to enter the national capital aead of Dussehra and Diwali festivals this year, reports said. "At the same time it is necessary to ensure that injustice is not caused to those who have already been granted a valid permanent licence to possess and sell fireworks in Delhi and the NCR", the bench said. Similarly, the States in the NCR are restrained from granting more than 50% of the number of temporary licences granted in 2016.

It was reported that the court also asked Delhi Police to reduce the license of the by 50 per cent of the number of licenses which was issued in the year 2016.

According to reliable sources, changing its order in November 2016 order that suspended all the licenses granting permission for the sale of crackers in wholesale and temporary in Delhi.

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The bench held that the residents of the NCT and NCR are entitled to breathe unpolluted air but there was no conclusive proof that extremely poor quality of air in Delhi in last winter was the result only of bursting fireworks around Diwali to justify the ban.

The top court also prohibited transport of fireworks into Delhi and the NCR from outside the region till further orders. It said that the existing stock of firecrackers was more than enough for 2017 and there can not be more than 500 temporary licenses in the region. It had banned the grant or renewal of firecracker licences.

The bench directed the police and district magistrates to ensure that fire crackers are not burst in "silence zones", an area at least 100 metres away from hospitals, educational institutions, courts and religious places or any other area that has been declared a "silence zone" by the authorities.

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Regarding the health issues of children and Pollution Court has taken this decision. The court said it has come to terms with the ground reality that "illegal temporary shops" are bound to crop up with or without the blessing of the authorities in the NCR during the time of Diwali.

The bench also noted that there was no response from the states within the NCR, which gave the impression that air pollution was not a problem for them despite the ill-effects and health hazards of bursting fireworks.

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