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When sixty-old traders appealed before the Gautam Buddha Nagar district magistrate that it did not receive temporary licenses, which allowed them to sell firecrackers during the Diwali festivities. According to the Supreme Court’s Verdict of October 23, they swear against the violation aimed at improving the level of air quality in the region of National Capital.

Noida firecracker sellers report that they are only selling eco-friendly crackers as per the verdict of the Supreme Court. However, a visit to the Sector 33 firecracker’s market revealed that the oath with commenced with words, “Hum shapath lete hai ki hum green patakhe hi bechenge (we pledge to only sell green firecrackers)” was not taken by then seriously.

There were no green firecrackers, which the firecracker sellers are only selling.

A trader was asked in the condition of the anonymity, said that “We first heard of green firecrackers when the Supreme Court passed the verdict two weeks ago. How were we supposed to stock up at such a short notice?” added that the idea of eco-friendly crackers was unfamiliar even to the firecracker manufacturer.

Policemen patrolled the market seemed similarly clueless about the idea of eco-friendly crackers. When they inquired, most of them admitted that they would be able to distinguish polluting firecracker from an eco-friendly cracker.

On the other hand, city administration claims that the responsibility to enforce the regulation to stop polluting firecrackers lies with PESO (Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation). District Magistrate of Gautam Buddha Nagar, Brajesh Narayan Singh said that “Copies of the licenses and its terms have been sent to PESO as well as other compliance authorities,” adding that UP Police has been ordered to impose verdict “in letter and spirit”.

However, without stopping them to sell the polluting firecrackers, policemen are taking from them without paying as a bribe and allowing them to conduct their business without any disturbances.

Ajay Pal Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police of Noida has denied to receive any complaints of extortion and said that “The directions given by the Supreme Court are being implemented,” and added, “Checking is going on, and the directions that have been given are being followed.”

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