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

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This year SC passed an order to the Delhi police, to reduce the number of temporary licenses by 50 percent of those permitted in last year and the number licenses should not exceed by 500. This might be ambient air quality post Diwali. As we already mentioned, in 2016 Supreme court banned the sale of crackers in Delhi-NCR region.

Referring to the unsafe levels of air pollution in Delhi after Diwali past year, the bench said persons living in Delhi during that time would have experienced choking effects of breathing in polluted air and tremendous increase in the use and sale of face masks and air purifiers.

A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur and Deepak Gupta asked the Centre and the concerned authorities to consider encouraging display of fireworks through community participation rather than individual bursting of crackers. It had banned the grant or renewal of firecracker licences.

The Supreme Court today halved the number of cracker sale licences to be given out across Delhi and National Capital Region, saying, "more than 50 lakh crackers should be enough". So, enjoy the Diwali with the lights, not with the bursting of crackers. So, the Court bans the fire crackers sellers licenses in the previous year. Similarly, the States in the NCR are restrained from granting more than 50% of the number of temporary licences granted in 2016. Any objections to this direction can be filed in the next 30 days with the Supreme Court. The area of distribution of the temporary licences is entirely for the authorities to decide. The court also issued a stern warning to maintain a 100-meter silent zone around hospitals, courts, educational institutions and religious places and asked the police to ensure this was followed.

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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. "What is also worrying, apart from the absence of standards or limits having been laid down by the CPCB, is that very little or no attention seems to have been paid by any of the governmental authorities to the possible health hazards faced by children due to exposure to chemicals in fireworks".

It also "made absolute" its July 31 interim direction prohibiting use of "compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in manufacture of fireworks" and also banned the use of strontium chromate in manufacture of fireworks.

The order came on a plea of firecracker manufacturers.

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