New Delhi: DCP North Nupur Prasad on Thursday said that a common place will be decided for the people to burst firecrackers in different areas in Delhi and people will be booked if they are found selling illegal firecrackers on or before Diwali 2018. She further said that some people have been arrested for selling illegal firecrackers. Also Read - Supreme Court Sets up National Task Force to Streamline Oxygen Allocation Across Country

“As per SC directions, firecrackers to be burnt only between 8 PM—10 PM on Diwali 2018. A common place will be decided where people can burn firecrackers. If anyone found selling illegal crackers, they’ll be booked; some people (have been) arrested already. 20 kilograms of firecrackers (was) seized two days ago,” DCP North told news agency ANI. Also Read - Central Vista Project: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Halting Construction Work, Asks High Court to Pass Order

She added that after the Supreme Court’s order that only green crackers with reduced emission levels will be sold in Delhi and firecrackers can only be burnt from 8 PM to 10 PM, the Delhi Police team held meetings with licensed firecracker traders, retailers and citizen bodies. Also Read - Centre Has To Supply 700 Metric Tonnes Of Oxygen To Delhi Everyday Till Further Orders, Says Supreme Court

“We held meetings with licensed firecracker traders and retailers. We’ve also met with citizen bodies. Retailers can only sell Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) certified crackers,” Prasad said.

The apex court had on Wednesday clarified that only green crackers will be sold in Delhi and the crackers that have already been produced would be allowed to be sold in other areas and states for “this Diwali, and other festivals and occasions”. On Gurpurab, fireworks would be allowed from 4 AM to 5 AM in the morning and from 9 PM to 10 PM in the evening.

The court also clarified that the staggering of two hours limit that has been permitted to Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and other Southern States, would be applicable throughout India.

Having clarified bursting of green crackers was limited to Delhi and NCR only, the court permitted the cracker manufacturers to produce green crackers with reduced emission level, disallowing the barium salts as an ingredient in the crackers.

With agency inputs