CAIT demands compensation post ban on sale of fire crackers

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He added that with the Supreme Court's order no one is officially allowed to sell the crackers, whereas, unofficially through the black market these crackers are finding various customers.

A shop was also sealed in Gurugram's sector 10 and 39 cartons of crackers were seized.

The Congress on Tuesday dubbed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Tajindar Bagga's move to distribute crackers as unfortunate, and asserted that the Centre and the Delhi Government failed to implement Supreme Court's order.

The union also argued that since the sale of fire crackers is a legitimate business, a duty is cast upon the government to compensate the unintended losses being caused by an order of the apex court where traders are not at fault.

Police team raided the premises and arrested one person named Vijay while crackers worth lakhs of rupees were seized, he said.

The top court by its October 9 order had said that the impact of the ban on the sale of firecrackers on the air pollution in Delhi on Diwali should be tested at least once.

During interrogation, the accused said that he was storing the stock of fire crackers to earn extra bucks by selling them at a high price during Diwali and Chhath festivals, the SHO claimed. However, on October 9, the Court had ordered that its order of September 12 lifting the ban, would come into effect only from November 1 thereby retaining the ban for Diwali.

"This is unfortunate. No one should act against the law as laid down by the Supreme Court".

The court, in its last year's direction, had suspended all licenses which permits sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR till further orders.

"While there is no doubt about construction activities, road dust, vehicular pollution, waste burning, and other such factors being majorly responsible for deteriorating air quality in and around the city, majority of people in Delhi-National Capital Region feel that no source of pollution is too small to be ignored when it comes to public health concerns", the survey conducted by industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) said.

Many also said that it would only lead to rise in discreet sale of firecrackers and said that instead of being selective only for Diwali, there should be a blanket ban on firecrackers for all festivals celebrated in Delhi-NCR.

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