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SC lifts ban on sale of fire crackers in Delhi, NCR

PTI
Published : Sep 13, 2017, 3:03 am IST
Updated : Sep 13, 2017, 3:03 am IST

“The suspension of permanent licences as directed by the order dated November 11, 2016 is lifted for the time being,” it said.    

Supreme Court of India (Photo: File)
 Supreme Court of India (Photo: File)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court temporarily lifted its earlier order suspending the permanent licences for sale of fire crackers in the national capital region, saying a complete ban would be an “extreme step” and a graded approach was needed to curb pollution caused by them. The apex court, however, said its order lifting the ban on sale of fire crackers might require a “review” after Diwali depending on the ambient air quality after the festival. 

It also set up a committee to study the impact of the firecrackers on the health of Delhiites 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. Though its primary concern was the human right to breathe good quality air, the court said after considering the material on record, it cannot be said with certainty that the extreme poor air quality in Delhi in November-December last year was caused only by the bursting of crackers. “Consequ-ently, a complete ban on the sale of fireworks would be an extreme step that might not be fully warranted by the facts available to us. There is, therefore, some justification for modifying the interim order passed on November 11, 2016 and lifting the suspension of the permanent licences. 

 

“The suspension of permanent licences as directed by the order dated November 11, 2016 is lifted for the time being,” it said.    

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