Mumbai, November 10: During Diwali this year, the Mumbai Police registered 53 cases on firecracker sellers for violating rules prescribed by the Supreme Court. Despite the top Court putting restrictions on the bursting of crackers, the city witnessed a noisy Diwali. The Mumbai Police PRO informed that over 100 cases were registered on people for allegedly flouting the top court's guidelines and bursting crackers beyond the permissible time limit.
According to a report by PTI, several residential areas in the city recorded "high" noise levels which are against the permissible limits. In what is believed to be a violation of the top court's order, people in some parts of the megacity burst firecrackers even after the 10 pm deadline. NASA Shares Satellite Images That Show How North Indian Skies Turned 'Smokier and Smokier' Ahead of Diwali 2018.
Following the Supreme Court’s order of using only “green” and “low emission” firecrackers in Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), the Delhi Police had earlier this month, seized over 2,500kg of banned firecrackers from West Delhi, North Delhi, East Delhi and South Delhi respectively. According to reports, a total of 29 cases have been registered and 26 people have been arrested for violating the top court's order.
Meanwhile, the Hyderabad Police registered 71 cases on persons in various places of the city for bursting firecrackers after 10 pm on the occasion of Diwali. According to a report by ANI, the Hyderabad Police had released a notification for the public before Diwali, warning them to not burst crackers after 10 pm. The police also warned that cases would be booked against the violators under the City Police Act. Diwali 2018: Tamil Nadu Tops in Cases Over Bursting of Crackers, Pollution Levels Dip in Some States in South.
In ruling in October, the Supreme Court had permitted the sale and manufacture of low-emission "green" firecrackers across the nation and had fixed a two-hour time period from 8 pm to 10 pm for bursting them on Diwali and other festivals. Reports inform that the Mumbai Police's Twitter handle also saw a number of complaints of violation of the top Court's directives on the bursting of firecrackers.