SC ban makes Delhi cracker traders innovative: Here's how they are selling

The Supreme Court's decision to put a ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR has not gone down well with the traders and they have chose to approach the court to seek modification of the order.

Keeping their modification plea before a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, advocate Deepak Chouhan representing the traders said that the licenses to sell crackers were revived pursuant to Supreme Court's September 12 order permitting sale of firecrackers with restrictions.

It had said that the 11 November previous year order, suspending all licences which "permit sale of fireworks, wholesale and retail within the territory of NCR", was passed by the court keeping in view the situation that had arisen after last Diwali.

Last month, the court provisionally suspended the interdict and allowed the sale of fire crackers, saying that a complete ban would be considered as an "extreme step", and a "graded advancement" was required to deal with pollution.

Hussain was informed that the copy of the Supreme Court order has been forwarded to the departments concerned including Delhi police and Divisional Commissioner for compliance.

Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain, while reviewing the ambient air quality status in view of the ongoing festival season, directed strict enforcement of the Supreme Court directions regarding the ban on sale of crackers. It had said the 2016 order was passed by the court in view of the alarming pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR that had arisen after last Diwali.

The Minister said stubble-burning in neighbouring states continued unabated and it could impact Delhi's air quality. It leads to closing the schools and the authorities are compelled to take various measures on emergent basis, when faced with "health emergency" situation. This year, Diwali falls on October 19. It resulted in passing the order dated November 11, 2016.

Vanessa Coleman

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