SC Permits Bursting Of Only Green Firecrackers

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that only green firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels will be permitted during all religious festivals.

On Diwali firecrackers could be burst between 8 pm and 10 pm.

A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan banned the bursting of firecrackers not conforming to the green norms that would apply all the year round.

These rules would be applicable to New Year and marriage festivities as well.

The court said that the authorities would identify common community areas for the bursting of firecrackers and ensure the people made aware of these.

The court said that the police station chiefs would be personally responsible for ensuring the compliance of its order.

The area police chief would be liable for contempt of court for failure to comply, the bench said.

The court said that there would be no online sale of firecrackers by the and any website found doing it would be slapped with a contempt notice.

The court also banned stringed and joined firecrackers called “Laddi”.

Speaking to ANI, Advocate of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) Vijay Panjwani said, “The Supreme Court’s orders are not very strict. We were expecting complete ban but that has not happened. Crackers will be allowed but there is time restriction as it will be allowed between 8 pm to 10 pm.”

Panjwani further stated that all the State pollution boards and Central Pollution Control Board would regulate and measure the particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and 10 in air, seven days ahead of Diwali and seven days after Diwali.