Old Delhi vendors flout SC ban, sell crackers
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.
Firecrackers on sale in a Chandni Chowk bylane.