Illegal cracker sale goes full blast

Enforcement has gone for a toss on the subject of management of polluting firecrackers within the metropolis on Deepavali, as witnessed by the unrestrained buy and sale of environmentally-hazardous crackers occurring in full swing in all places.

Supreme Court instructions in 2017 and 2018 favouring ‘green crackers’ and banning use of normal crackers with hazardous particulate matter have gone unheeded, not solely by the producers, distributors and consumers, but additionally by the enforcement authorities, together with GHMC and the police.

If the apex court docket’s instructions are carried out in phrase and spirit, actually all of the station home officers within the metropolis should be held responsible for contempt of court docket!

“They [the police department] shall also ensure that there is no sale of banned firecrackers. In case the violation is found, the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station of the area shall be held personally liable for such violation and this would amount to committing contempt of court, for which such SHO (s) would be proceeded against,” stated the rules issued by the TSPCB based mostly on the order.

GHMC, which has allotted its playgrounds for short-term firecracker stalls, has failed to make sure that the stalls bought solely inexperienced crackers with diminished emissions.

Despite the express ban on the manufacture, sale and use of joined firecrackers/sequence crackers popularly referred to as laris, the identical might be present in nearly all of the stalls, at exaggerated costs.

“My sons are fond of them, so I had to buy them despite the high price. For a ten thousand wallah, I was charged ₹5,200,” stated Narasimha Rao from Boduppal, who stated he had no clue concerning the ban, nor any concept of inexperienced crackers.

According to a round issued by GHMC Commissioner D.S. Lokesh Kumar on October 28, the deputy commissioners of respective circles had been to kind groups to establish retailers or individuals promoting banned firecrackers inside their limits, and impose extreme penalties or punishments. No such groups had been fashioned nor any inspections performed to establish sale of such unlawful crackers.

Interestingly, even the Hyderabad Agricultural Cooperative Association (HACA), a authorities organisation which has a practice of offering firecrackers at reasonably priced costs, has paid no heed to the rules. At its retailers arrange at NTR Stadium, the affiliation bought banned crackers and laris with impunity.

Swathi Vadlamudi , 2021-11-04 09:47:39

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