New Delhi: In a stern action to curb air pollution during the ongoing wedding season, the Supreme Court on Friday suspended the licenses of all firecracker sellers in Delhi and National Capital Region with immediate effect till further orders.

“We in public interest direct the suspension of existing licenses for possessing, stocking and selling of fire crackers in Delhi-NCR region till further orders,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A K Sikri and S A Bobde said. The apex court also directed the Centre not to renew any such licenses till further orders. It directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to examine and submit its report in six months on the harmful effects caused by the materials used in the firecrackers.

The court had said it will not pass any final order without going into research and reports on its impact on air quality, health and life-style.

Equating fire crackers with “burning of money”, the apex court had said one should think that when humans are affected so much with these fire crackers, what effect would it have it on animals like dogs which have more sensitive ears than humans. It had also observed that as per reports, 30 per cent children in Delhi were asthmatic and steps needed to be taken all fronts.                –PTI

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