Firecrackers ban in Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday banned the sale of firecrackers in the Delhi-NCR till November 1 in the wake of deteriorating air quality in the capital. However, the question here arises that with the ban can Delhiites breathe a sigh of relief? Several traders and city residents have echoed the same question that although the apex court has banned the sale of firecrackers, how will such a ban be ‘enforced’. The bigger question is how the authorities are planning to stop people who will get firecrackers from outside Delhi-NCR or even go online to order what they want. There is no clarity and this leaves a big vacuum for traders to take advantage of.
As per the report by the Indian Express, the shopkeepers believe that many people will buy firecrackers in bulk, which they can even sell them to friends and neighbours ‘in black’ – that too without setting up an official shop. The shopkeepers have raised the question that isn’t this more dangerous than regulated shops that at least follow fire safety norms.
The shopkeepers and businessmen are annoyed with the fact that sudden changes in the decision to ban the firecrackers leave them in a dilemma as to whether they should stock up on goods or not. Harjeet Singh Chhabra who sells firecrackers in Sadar Bazar was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “I am going to sit here and sell them. One day, you say the ban has been lifted, and we stock up on goods. Next, you say that the sale of firecrackers has been banned. These are explosives. What will we do with them?”
Following the Supreme Court decision, shutters of at least 30 shops came down that sold firecrackers in the massive old Delhi market. Police teams went on inspection, and shut down the shops that had not done so voluntarily, reported the Indian Express.