Delhi BJP attacks NGT, demands 7 days' permission for sale of firecrackers

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Delhi BJP attacks NGT, demands 7 days' permission for sale of firecrackers

NGT comes under attack from Delhi BJP over its recommendation for ban on sale of firecrackers in Capital/NCR.

Delhi BJP has hit out at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for recommending ban on sale of firecrackers and alleged that the environmental body works with a negative mindset.

Expressing concern over the ban on sale of firecrackers, Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor pointed out that often the courts and government are forced to take "non-implementable decisions" due to the impractical recommendations of the NGT.

Kapoor has written to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan requesting him to work out a solution and help get permission for sale of firecrackers for at least seven days sale and burning for two days before Diwali.

He alleged that the NGT works with a negative mindset and like in several other matters in past the attitude adopted by it to get a ban imposed on crackers was shocking.

"World over in hundreds of countries people burn crackers on Christmas and the new year but the way NGT has got Diwali fire crackers banned in the name of pollution is disgusting. More so as it ignores the pollution caused due to animal sacrifice by followers of a particular religion," he said in a statement.

He said NGT with its decision has pushed lakhs of cracker-making labourers, traders and manufacturers in an economic mess.

Meanwhile, a delegation of traders of wholesale market of fireworks at Jama Masjid met Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari yesterday and told him about their problems. Tiwari assured them that he will make all the possible efforts to solve their problems.