Del­hi­ites pay no heed to SC or­der on crack­ers

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Del­hi­ites seemed to have not learnt any les­son and con­tin­ued burst­ing crack­ers even the day af­ter Di­wali. Sounds of bombs, laaris and rock­ets were heard in Delhi-NCR. De­spite the Delhi po­lice tak­ing all mea­sures to en­sure that no one vi­o­lates the SC or­der, their claims fell flat. 2000 kilo crack­ers were seized.

Thurs­day was a nigh­mare for the mil­lions of cit­i­zens of Delhi-NCR as air pol­lu­tion crossed alarm­ing lev­els with the Air Qual­ity In­dex (AQI) in Delhi, Ghazi­abad, Noida, Farid­abad and Gu­ru­gram be­ing ‘haz­ardous’ or ‘se­vere’ across all lo­ca­tions mon­i­tored. How­ever, peo­ple did not seem to have learned about the poor air qual­ity and many con­tin­ued to burst crack­ers, vi­o­lat­ing the Supreme Court or­der.

Po­lice said that they re­ceived 260 Po­lice Con­trol Room calls about burst­ing of fire­crack­ers from 8pm on Thurs­day till 8 am on Fri­day. Res­i­dents from var­i­ous parts of the NCR in­clud­ing ar­eas like DND, Mayur Vi­har, Dil­shad Gar­den, Shal­i­mar Bagh and Ro­hini claimed that they could hear the noise of fire­crack­ers.

Po­lice said a to­tal of 63 cases were reg­is­tered on Thurs­day. 40 were re­ported from north-east district, 5 were reg­is­tered in Dwarka, 13 cases were reg­is­tered in South East district and 5 were reg­is­tered in Ro­hini district for burst­ing fire­crack­ers.

“By burst­ing crack­ers the peo­ple are harm­ing their own health. We are sure there were more vi­o­la­tions than the num­ber of cases lodged but it is not man­u­ally pos­si­ble to mon­i­tor ev­ery place where norms are be­ing flouted,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer.

The pleas of the gov­ern­ment and anti-pol­lu­tion cru­saders were drowned in the noise and smoke of the fire­crack­ers as peo­ple ig­nored the Supreme Court dead­line, burst­ing crack­ers well be­yond the 10 PM limit set by the apex court re­sult­ing in the cat­a­strophic rise in pol­lu­tion level to­day.

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