Gurgaon Allows Residents Having Purchased Firecrackers To Burn Them On Diwali

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2017

On Wednesday, traders with temporary licenses approached the apex court seeking a relaxation of the ban on the sale of firecrackers in the national capital and the NCR.

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to modify its October 9 order banning the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and NCR this Diwali and expressed anguish that its order was being given a communal twist. The apex court has said that people can burst firecrackers which they have purchased before its order banning the sale came into effect.

"We are pained to hear that some people are giving the order a communal colour".

The court said that its concern primarily was the health of the masses. Later, on September 12, 2017, the apex court had provisionally lifted its former order and permitted trade of firecrackers.

A bench, comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, AM Sapre and Navin Sinha, assured counsel for the traders that it would consult the judge concerned, who passed the order, for placing their interim application for urgent hearing.

Delhi BJP in its statement had said, "The world over in hundreds of countries people burn crackers on Christmas and the New Year but the way (Green Tribunal) has got Diwali firecrackers banned in the name of pollution is disgusting".

Last year, the top court suspended all licences which "permit the sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR". The apex court, during its November 1, order a year ago, had perched all licenses, which "authorize sale of fireworks, retail and wholesale within the territory of the capital". "They can burn them from 6 pm to 10 pm on October 19".

Last Diwali celebration, the contamination in Delhi was said to be very hazardous and the worst as compared to the last decade.

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