Old Delhi ven­dors flout SC ban, sell crackers

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - A Mariyam Alavi aru­veetil.alavi@htlive.com CON­TIN­UED ON P 10

NEWDELHI: The Supreme Court may have banned the sale of fire­crack­ers in Delhi-ncr in the run-up to Di­wali, but that needn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean that this fes­tive sea­son will be any less colour­ful — or pol­luted — than the last.

Street ven­dors in Old Delhi con­tinue to sell crackers freely, car­ing lit­tle for the en­vi­ron­ment or po­lice. The mo­ment th­ese small-time traders are alerted to an im­pend­ing raid, their wares are hastily whisked away to a hid­ing place far away from prob­ing eyes.

When an HT team vis­ited Es­planade Road near Jama Masjid on Thurs­day, it wit­nessed fire­cracker shops with shut­ters closed tight and dozens of busi­ness­men com­plain­ing about how the ban had cost them their liveli­hood.

ARUN SHARMA/HT

Fire­crack­ers on sale in a Chandni Chowk by­lane.

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