Nearest Cracker Shop Now 140 km from Delhi After SC Slaps Ban
Supreme Court’s cracker ban applies to not just Delhi but 14 districts of Haryana and 7 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
After the Supreme Court banned the sale of crackers in Delhi till 1 November, owing to the terrible air quality post Diwali, Delhiites will now need to travel anywhere between 140 and 200 km to get them, Hindustan Times reported.
Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Gurgaon on the eastern and southern peripheries of Delhi are also under the ban’s purview.
The entire cost scales up by a few thousands including fuel, commute time and other expenses, all for the sake of few fireworks.
Aligarh which is 140 km away is the closest place to buy the crackers legally, after which comes Alwar (158 km), Mathura (162 km), Bijnor (163 km), Hissar (172 km), Moradabad (180 km) or Ambala (202 km).
The apex court’s ban on Delhi-NCR applies on the 14 districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mewat, Rothak, Sonepat, Rewari, Panipat, Bhiwani, Mahendragarh, Charkhi Dadri, Jind and Karnal in Haryana. In Uttar Pradesh, the seven NCR territories include Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Baghpar, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar.
While activists and environmentalists consider the ban a welcome move, traders have been hard-hit as many of them have made advance payments to their suppliers, which make up the Rs 15-20 crore business.
There are five magazine holders in Gurgaon who supply crackers across Haryana, including Delhi-NCR. Their business runs into crores of rupees. Local traders have already made payments to them and the stock is theirs now. What will happen now?Amit Nagpal, Cracker Trader
In 2016, Gurgaon’s administration had issued 200 temporary licenses, down from the 500 issued in earlier years. Crackers were allowed to be sold for three days at sector 29, HUDA ground near sector 5 and the Gaushala ground near Sadar Bazar.
City fire officer IS Kashyap said that the temporary licenses have not been issued yet and that the process would commence on 12 October.
In Ghaziabad’s Farrukhnagar, where the cracker manufacturing units exist, around 2,500 families, in and around the villages stand to get affected.
We cannot sell old stock and have no means to sell the stock outside NCR region.Asif Ali, Fireworks Manufacturer
Ghaziabad officials are waiting for a detailed order.
We have directed the respective sub divisional magistrates and police officials to check and stop any sales. We have to check the court order copy in case it allows traders to sell their stock outside.Ritu Maheshwari, Ghaziabad District Magistrate
Noida’s district magistrate, BN Singh, has urged RWAs to appeal to their members to not burst crackers.
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