The Supreme Court banned on bursting crackers and abolished the use of all firecrackers in Delhi-NCR has been expanded by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) until further orders. This ban was violated by a wedding taking place in Noida. The groom, Akaash, and his family were bursting crackers during the wedding function taking place at a hall in Sector 51
An FIR was registered by the Sector 49 under Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 against the groom and his parents. The FIR was registered after area residents informed the police about firecrackers being burst during the wedding function.
Dharmendra Kumar Sharma, station house officer, Sector 49 police station, said “The groom and his family were responsible for the occurrence. We will not allow any violation of pollution control and environment standards, given the heightened levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR,”
Police have confiscated the empty firecracker boxes from the spot as evidence, and the offense is required to entail a fine of ₹1 lakh and/or imprisonment of one year.
The District administration has been asked by EPCA to intensify action against violators of pollution control norms. The district administration held a meeting with firecrackers sellers, disc-jockeys and banquet hall owners and has Officials have informed providers of music systems that they can play music only up till 10 pm. The permitted decibel levels are 65dB during the day and 55dB at night. A person caught in violation of the rules can face imprisonment up to five years and a fine of ₹5 lakh under various sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), officials said.
According to officials, no “green crackers” have been made available by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) in the district, so the selling or usage of firecrackers will not be allowed.