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Delhi To Get Firecrackers On Diwali, But With A Tweak From Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said licenses for firecracker sale will be halved this year in Delhi, NCR.

New Delhi:  Diwali this year may be cleaner and healthier in Delhi, given an order from Supreme Court that will pare down the availability of firecrackers. In view of the recurring blanket of noxious fumes and the inevitable health problems people suffer after every Diwali, the top court halved the number of licences to be  given out across Delhi and National Capital Region, saying, “More than 50 lakh crackers should be enough for Delhi and NCR”.

In Delhi, a maximum of 500 licences to sell firecrackers will be given, in NCR, the figure will be half of last year’s. No import of fire crackers from other states will be allowed, the top court said today in an interim order.

The court also issued a stern warning to maintain a 100-meter “silent zone” around hospitals, courts, educational institutes and religious places and tasked the police with ensuring that this be followed.