Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

SC refuses to relax ban on crackers in NCR, rejects traders

SC refuses to relax ban on crackers in NCR, rejects traders

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 traders had mentioned the matter before the apex court for an urgent hearing and said their licenses were revived in pursuance of the courts' order passed on September 12 and they had procured firecrackers for sale during Diwali.

It will be a silent Deepavali this year as the Supreme Court is keeping its ban on trade of fire crackers in the capital and the National Capital district till November 1, 2017. This order has been upheld by the court in its entirety but would be effective post Diwali. The Supreme Court bench proceeded by the Justice AK Sikri, while re-establishing the command said, "We must see at least in one Deepavali the outcome of a cracker-free celebration".

It had said its November 11, 2016 order suspending the licences "should be given one chance to test itself" to see if there is a positive effect of this, particularly during Diwali. In November previous year, the court had stopped the sale of fireworks within the National Capital Region, which includes Delhi and nearby areas, following the alarming rise in pollution levels after Diwali.

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At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the firecracker traders, suggested to the bench that the sale of crackers should be allowed at least a day or two before Diwali. People burst firecrackers to celebrate the festival.

The ban will remain in place till November 1.

The apex court in 2005 had also directed that there should be a complete ban on bursting sound-emitting firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am.

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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