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

Supreme Court Bans Entry Of Firecrackers

The court also said that this might need a review after Diwali, depending on the air quality.

Though its primary concern was the human right to breathe good quality air, the court said after considering the material on record, it can not be said with certainty that the extreme poor air quality in Delhi in November-December a year ago was caused only by the bursting of crackers during the festivals.

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.

A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said Haryana and Uttar Pradesh too, should ensure that retail outlets in the NCR region falling in their states were reduced by 50 per cent.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday banned transportation of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR for Dussehra and Diwali, with an emphasis on "health of children should be of foremost concern in this regard".

This might require a review after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality post-Diwali.

The order states that if the fireworks are not in conformity with the requirements as laid down in Rules 15 and 84 of the Explosives Rules, they must be prohibited from being sold.

Also, the Court appealed the Delhi Government and the other authorities for the encouraging of fireworks display through community participation rather than the individual bursting.

The top court said the committee appointed by it would furnish a report of its research on or before December 31. On November 11, 2016, the Supreme Court had ordered a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the surrounding National Capital Region because of the rising pollution. The Bench, while capping the number of temporary licences to 500, has also directed the Delhi police to reduce the grant of temporary licences by about 50% of the number of licences granted in 2016. However, this year Diwali came on 19th October 2017.

The order absolutely prohibits the use of compounds of Antimony, Lithium, Mercury, Arsenic and Lead in the manufacture of fireworks and has also prohibited the ingress of further firecrackers into NCR.



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