Gurgaon Allows Residents Having Purchased Firecrackers To Burn Them On Diwali

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| October 13 , 2017 , 08:40 IST

The Supreme Court banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR region until November 1, with a goal to reduce pollution caused by firecrackers on Diwali, but using a loophole, the Gurgaon administration has permitted residents who have already bought firecrackers to burst them on Diwali.

Although the apex court ruling did not outrightly ban the bursting of firecrackers, it specified that none could be sold in Delhi-NCR region, which would hopefully result in fewer people buying and bursting crackers.

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh said that they would allow bursting of crackers by residents that had bought them before the ban took place.

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“We have framed certain guidelines for those who have already purchased crackers. They can burn them from 6 pm to 10 pm on October 19,” he said.

However, the administration has also imposed IPC section 144 (unlawful assembly) and directed residents to burn the crackers at least 100 meters away from private and government hospitals, religious places, courts and educational institutions.

 “We have imposed a ban on those crackers that make a noise of more than 145 decibels. We have also directed the people not to use firecrackers within the radius of 500 meters from Indane bottling plant situated in Badshahpur and 100 meters away from fuel stations,” Singh said.

Last year, firecracker burning in the Delhi NCR area led to excessive pollution and smog that continued for days. The smoke produced by firecrackers is a deadly health hazard and leads to health complications and even lung cancer.