The Supreme Court Wednesday refused to modify its order on fireworks that only permits ‘green crackers’ to be sold in Delhi and National Capital Region during Diwali. The court also imposed a ban on the sale of already manufactured fireworks that are polluting, and said they can be sold in other parts of the country.
The direction from the apex court came after manufacturers of fireworks appealed for strict regulation, instead of an absolute ban. Defending themselves, the manufacturers argued that the fireworks weren’t to blame for the rise in air pollution and there were other factors, like wind and temperature, which also contributed to it. Manufacturers also said that they cannot be deprived of their right to do business based on statements that are not supported by facts.
On October 23, the Supreme Court granted permission to use and sell “greener” firecrackers which have low emissions and generate less noise. It has allowed fireworks with permissible sound limits to be sold in the market.
On Tuesday, the court modified its previous order on the time slots during which people can use fireworks this Diwali, and allowed states to set timings. However, the two-hour limit will remain.
“Timing for bursting firecrackers in places like Tamil Nadu, Puducherry will be changed, but not exceed 2 hours a day,” the court said.
In Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and other southern states, fireworks can be used from 4 am-5 am and from 9 pm-10 pm during festivals, the apex court said.