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Ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR: Traders move SC

11 October 2017, 02:20 | Justin Tyler

Ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR: Traders move SC

Ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR: Traders move SC

In compliance with the Supreme Court order against the ban on sale of crackers till October 31, the Ghaziabad district administration on Tuesday sealed more than 40 establishments of permanent licence holders across the city.The officials sealed the premises of two firecracker dealers at Kavi Nagar industrial area, both had stocked almost 580kg each of fireworks.

Will Delhi's air get cleaner?

On Monday, the Supreme Court had ordered a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, with an eye on the air pollution levels in the national capital, especially immediately after Diwali festival.

The World Health Organisation measures particulate matter known as PM2.5 and last week New Delhi levels were 17 times higher than what it deems safe.

In another tweet, he said without crackers there is no Diwali for children.

A "very poor" AQI essentially means that people may suffer from respiratory illness on prolonged exposure to such air.

Last month, the top court had modified its September 2016 order to allow limited sales of firecrackers, imposing conditions and restricting the number of licenses. Cricketers like Yuvraj Singh also made a plea to fans to make this Diwali cracker-free.

In the heart of one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, New Delhi's Sadar Bazaar, more than 1,000 people involved with the firecracker industry are looking at loss of seasonal business as well as revenue of more than Rs 700 crore. However, there is no clarity on selling of firecrackers online. Licences issued to shopkeepers were suspended. He further asked the court if it planned to also ban animal sacrifice on Muharram - observed by the Muslim community. Possibility of people buying crackers from other states and bursting them in Delhi-NCR can not be ruled out. The ban was imposed in 2016 a year ago and was lifted temporarily around 20 days back.

"I want to see people who fight to remove crackers for Diwali show the same passion in reforming other festivals full of blood and gore", Chetan Bhagat said.

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