Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

SC puts cap of 500 firecracker shops for Delhi

SC puts cap of 500 firecracker shops for Delhi

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, on Tuesday (September 12), clarified that there is no blanket ban on firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

The order had come in response to a petition by three infants, all aged around one year, who appealed for a stop to the sale of firecrackers saying their lungs had not fully developed.In its order, the court had said that as per reports, 30 per cent children in Delhi were asthmatic and steps needed to be taken all fronts to ensure their well-being.

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

According to reliable sources, changing its order in November 2016 order that suspended all the licenses granting permission for the sale of crackers in wholesale and temporary in Delhi. Similarly, the States in the NCR are restrained from granting more than 50% of the number of temporary licences granted in 2016.

(11) Since there are enough fireworks available for sale in Delhi and the NCR, the transport of fireworks into Delhi and the NCR from outside the region is prohibited and the concerned law enforcement authorities will ensure that there is no further entry of fireworks into Delhi and the NCR till further orders. It had banned the grant or renewal of firecracker licences. There is, therefore, some justification for modifying the interim order passed on 11th November, 2016 and lifting the suspension of the permanent licences.

The bench held that the residents of the NCT and NCR are entitled to breathe unpolluted air but there was no conclusive proof that extremely poor quality of air in Delhi in last winter was the result only of bursting fireworks around Diwali to justify the ban. It also banned use of compounds of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic, lead and strontium chromate in fireworks. The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), which issues the permanent licences, would have to ensure compliance.

It also set up a committee to study the impact of the firecrackers on the health of Delhi'ites during the upcoming festivals and directed the police to slash by half the number of temporary licences this year compared to last year and cap it at 500.

Also, on the matter of a ban of firecrackers, apex court called a committee chaired by the chairperson of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Govt, authorities should consider encouraging display of fireworks through community participation rather than individual bursting of crackers, the SC said.

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