- A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta allows the sale of firecrackers.
- The number of temporary licenses should be capped at 500: SC
New Delhi: India’s one of the biggest festival is just going to arrive next month in the country. This festival is all about the firecrackers and lighting so regarding the Festival Supreme Court has come with a good news for Firecrackers lovers in the capital of the country.
According to the reports, SC has lifted the ban on Tuesday, now firecrackers would be available in Delhi NCR and people could procure and use it to celebrate Dussehra and Diwali in coming festive seasons and said that a graded and balanced and not radical approach was required to deal with pollution menace in the city.
SC Orders, Do not grant temporary licenses to more than 500 shopkeepers
Sources said a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta modified an apex court order passed on November 11 last year and allowed the sale of firecrackers but directed the government authorities to ensure that fireworks are not burst in silence zones and also restricted the Delhi Police not to grant temporary licenses to more than 500 shopkeepers.
According to the Bench, In our considered opinion, continuing the suspension of licenses might be too radical a step to take for the present – a graded and balanced approach is necessary that will reduce and gradually eliminate air pollution in Delhi and NCR caused by the bursting of fireworks. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure that injustice is not caused to those who have already been granted a valid permanent license to possess and sell fireworks in Delhi and the NCR.
It also stated that the Delhi Police is directed to reduce the grant of temporary licenses by about 50% of the number of licenses granted in 2016. The number of temporary licenses should be capped at 500. Similarly, the States in the NCR are restrained from granting more than 50% of the number of temporary licenses granted in 2016.