2 arrested in Haryana for selling firecrackers

Two were arrested in Haryana today for selling firecrackers, in light of the Supreme Court reimposing the ban on Monday for the sale of fireworks in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) till November 1.

The direction, according to the court, is an outcome of “direct evidence of deterioration of air quality” every year during Deepavali on account of bursting of fire crackers. Deepavali falls on October 18 and 19 this year. A Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Sapre and Ashok Bhushan reverted to its November 2016 decision to suspend the sale of firecrackers “to test itself to find out whether there would be a positive effect of this suspension, particularly during Deepavali period.”

Last year, according to real time ambient air quality data of the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), PM10 readings went up by over 42 times after Deepavali at R.K. Puram (a densely populated area), touching the alarming high level.

The permissible level of PM2.5 is 60 g/m³ while PM10 is 100 g/m³. Levels beyond that can cause harm to the respiratory system as the ultra fine particulates can embed themselves deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream.

 

In its observation, the Supreme Court noted that the direct and immediate cause of the spike in air pollution during this time is because of burning of crackers for Deepavali.