In a petition, the four Central Delhi shopkeepers have sought directions to the government departments to grant them temporary 'tehbazari' licence to sell crackers from makeshift tin sheds on the footpath alongside Kamla Nehru Park. The petition hearing will be on October 7.

"The municipal corporations were playing the game of pick and choose as the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had granted licence to sell crackers even in congested areas while the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) had refused to grant any even as they fulfill all guidelines," the petition filed through advocate Anuj Arora said.
Nagender Kumar, Manoj Madaan, Ramesh Rajpal and Prem moved the high court after NDMC refused to give them tehbazari licence citing a communication from Delhi Police.
The petitioners said that they used to earn their livelihood by selling crackers ahead of Diwali from makeshift tin sheds on the footpath alongside Kamla Nehru Park, opposite Subzi Mandi police station.

Kumar said that they had earlier approached the high court in 2010. The court had then directed MCD to consider their request, following which they were given No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from MCD and also the fire department to sell crackers from the makeshift shop. However, Delhi Police had denied permission even when they had fulfilled all the safety guidelines issued by it.


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