Delhi Cops To Cancel 400 temporary, 150 permanent Firecracker Licenses

Pablo Tucker
October 11, 2017

Diwali fireworks had lit up the skyline of Delhi on the night of October 30 past year, but darkness had descended the morning after as a dense blanket of smog turned the city into a chamber of noxious and cancer-causing pollutants. Previous year the city's high court described the capital as "gas chamber".

"The Supreme Court has imposed a ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR but there is no ban on bursting of crackers". "I have old crackers in my house".

However, counsels appearing for the permanent licencees selling crackers, opposed the plea and said that the September 12 order, lifting the ban, was "well-reasoned" and passed after hearing all the parties, including the Central Pollution Control Board. SC in its order said though it can not be confirmed with any great degree of certainty that the extremely poor quality of air in Delhi in November and December 2016 was the result only of bursting fireworks around Diwali but even then the contribution of the bursting of fireworks can not be ignored. Given the date, the order effectively means that no firecrackers will be available for purchase before the festival.

Last year, entire Delhi-NCR was engulfed in a thick blanket of toxic fog, the morning after the Diwali.

Arjun Gopal, a toddler, had petitioned against the top court order, urging to modify its order by uplifting the ban on the sale of firecrackers.

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

The police will also issue advertisements announcing the cancellation of licenses, said a senior police officer.

A public notice has also been issued informing people about the ban and requesting their cooperation in ensuring that the Supreme Court order is implemented, said the officer. Ye kaun sa maal phunk ke judge karte hain. Many people on social media asked, "Why ban is only during Hindu festival and not on New Year?".

Delhi-NCR SC ruling is a good 1 but the sized brains bringing in religion card here is stupid.

In the heart of one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, New Delhi's Sadar Bazaar, more than 1,000 people involved with the firecracker industry are looking at loss of seasonal business as well as revenue of more than Rs 700 crore.

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