The ban on firecrackers was violated in several areas of Delhi as people celebrated Diwali on Sunday. People burst firecrackers in Shahpur Jat and Hauz Khas area. Several people were seen gathering at the park of the locality for bursting crackers. The intensity of bursting firecrackers increased after 4 pm, but it was comparatively lesser than the last year. Not many people were seen venturing out of their houses in and around the locality, except a few.
Environmentalists reported that bursting of firecrackers was witnessed in the residential area Defense Colony. Complaints were registered at the Defense Colony police station, but no change was noticed. Despite warnings and a complete ban, implementing authorities have failed yet again. People in the Greater Kailash and Chittaranjan Park area also expected burst of firecrackers after performing puja. In the Chhatarpur locality of south Delhi, sounds of firecrackers being burst could be heard from 6 pm onwards.
Many shopkeepers in the area were seen flouting the ban and selling small firecrackers to children. Firecrackers were also burst by some people in south Delhi’s East of Kailash area. Meanwhile, very few firecrackers were burst in the Lalita Park area of Laxmi Nagar till 7:30 pm. The effect was moderate in several other areas of east Delhi.
The Supreme Court had said that its order banning firecrackers containing barium binds every state and is not just limited to the Delhi-NCR region, which is reeling under severe air pollution.