SC bans sale of fire­crack­ers in Delhi-ncr

Mint Asia ST - - News - BPY RIYANKA M I T TA L


Supreme Court on Mon­day, 9 Oc­to­ber, sought a com­plete ban on sale of fire­crack­ers in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) ahead of the up­com­ing fes­ti­val of Di­wali.

The ban would re­main in ef­fect un­til 31 Oc­to­ber and any fur­ther or­ders would be passed based on as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion that would emerge af­ter Di­wali.

In or­der to bring this into ef­fect, a bench headed by jus­tice A.K. Sikri also held that any tem­po­rary li­cences is­sued by the po­lice to fire­cracker man­u­fac­tur­ers would re­main sus­pended for the same time pe­riod.

The court passed this or­der reim­pos­ing its ear­lier or­der of 11 Novem­ber 2016 sus­pend­ing sale of fire­crack­ers so as to test the sus­pen­sion or­der and as­cer­tain its pos­i­tive ef­fect on the air qual­ity of the NCR re­gion, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Di­wali pe­riod.

The or­der of 11 Novem­ber 2016, sus­pend­ing li­cences for sale of fire­crack­ers was op­er­a­tive un­til the next year but its im­pact had not been tested dur­ing the Di­wali pe­riod.

On 12 Septem­ber, a bench com­pris­ing jus­tices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta par­tially lifted the ban or­der of Novem­ber sus­pend­ing per­ma­nent li­cences in the NCR re­gion. This or­der has been up­held by the court in its en­tirety but would be ef­fec­tive post Di­wali.

Un­der the or­der, the court had asked traders to uti­lize their ex­ist­ing stocks and not sell fresh stock. It had also cut tem­po­rary li­cences of the states of Delhi, Haryana and Ut­tar Pradesh by 50%. Tem­po­rary li­cences in Delhi were capped at 500.

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