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Even if violated widely, SC order on firecrackers is good starting point for change: experts

The unabashed violations across India of the Supreme Court-imposed restrictions on firecrackers during Diwali have cast doubts whether such orders can be enforced in such a short time. But legal experts say the order is certainly implementable in the long run, even if it appears a monumental task now, and law enforcement agencies must be made accountable for the breaches that can hurt the ambitious efforts to combat pollution. Firecrackers were burst before and well after the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. window on Wednesday, ordered by the Supreme Court, and more were let off with impunity on Thursday also. As a consequence, New Delhi was shrouded in a thick haze, recording its worst air quality of the year the morning after Diwali as the pollution level entered severe-plus emergency category, or 10 times the permissible limit due to rampant bursting of toxic firecrackers, authorities said. Still, experts, both legal and environmental, said the Supreme Court orders were in the right direction .

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