SC has Allowed Sale of Firecrackers but with Conditions
The Supreme Court has refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers. In its verdict today, the court has allowed the sale of only ‘green firecrackers’ which are less polluting, a huge relief to the firecracker manufacturers and sellers.
The court has also imposed timing restrictions on burning firecrackers on Diwali. It has announced that people will be allowed to burn crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali.
On the occasion of New Year and Christmas, Supreme Court has allowed people to burn firecrackers from 11:45 pm to 12:15 am.
In its verdict, the court has even banned the online sale of firecrackers and imposed a stay on e-commerce portals from selling the firecrackers.
The court has clearly stated that only low polluting crackers with permitted decibel limits and emission norms will be allowed for sale.
Earlier on August 28, the plea was heard by the bench of justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan and the verdict was kept reserved.
The Court has strictly ordered that the restriction on crackers is applicable to the whole country, so if anyone found violating the order, legal actions will be taken against them.
Last year, the Supreme Court said while deciding on a ban on firecrackers that it is important to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental right of livelihood of firecracker manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people of the country.
On October 9, last year the apex court had imposed the ban on crackers in the Delhi-NCR region just ahead of Diwali to examine the effects of the ban on pollution levels in this region. The ban was later lifted by the SC on November 1.