'50 Lakh Crackers Should Be Enough For Delhi,' Says Supreme Court

'50 Lakh Crackers Should Be Enough For Delhi,' Says Supreme Court

The court, which lifted "for the time being" its earlier order suspending permanent licences for sale of fire crackers in the national capital region, said no specific action plan has been laid down by Delhi government to make children aware of the hazards of bursting crackers.

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 top court directed the Delhi Police to reduce grant of temporary licences by about 50 percent of those granted in 2016 and cap it at 500.

The court on Tuesday said it may review the lifting of suspension of permanent licenses after Diwali depending on air quality.

The apex court also called for a committee to be chaired by the Chairperson of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on the matter of a ban on firecrackers. The court said as there were enough fireworks available for sale in Delhi and NCR, "the transport of fireworks into Delhi and NCR from outside the region is prohibited". It held that "they (permanent licensees) will be permitted to possess and sell only 50% of the quantity permitted in 2017 and that this will substantially reduce over the next couple of years".

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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. Also, it said the existing stock was more than enough for this year to sell to the customers. However, this year Diwali came on 19th October 2017.

It, however, granted them liberty to file objections to this direction within 30 days. The court further said that "The concerned police authorities and district magistrate would guarantee that the fire crackers must not burst in distance silence zones, that is area of at least 100 meters away from hospitals, nursing homes, primary and district health care centers, education institutions, courts, religious places or any other area that may be declared as a Silence Zone by the concerned authorities".

Regarding the health issues of children and Pollution Court has taken this decision.

In November past year, the court had suspended all licenses for sale and retail of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

(9) The interim direction issued by this court on July 31, prohibiting the use of arsenic, antimony, lithium, mercury and lead in the manufacture of fireworks is made absolute.

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