The Supreme Court has declined to force a nationwide prohibition on sale of firecrackers. In its decision today, the court said just ‘green firecrackers’ (which are less polluting) will be permitted to be sold.
Firecracker manufacturers had earlier told the court that use of crackers should not be completely banned as it will cost thousands their livelihood. They have also contested that crackers are not the sole reason for increase in air pollution and factors like wind and temperature also contribute to it.

In its order, the court restricted the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on e-commerce gateways from selling them.
The court said just “low polluting” green crackers which are inside allowed decibel limits and mission norms will be permitted.

The court likewise forced timing restrictions on burning firecrackers on Diwali. The court said individuals will be permitted to burn crackers in between 8 pm and 10 pm on Diwali. On New Year and Christmas, the planning is from 11:45 pm to 12:15 am.

The court has additionally guided all states to explore feasibility of community cracker bursting during festivals.

The Supreme Court’s decision came in light to a plea looking for a restriction on manufacturing and sale of firecrackers across the nation to control air contamination.

This comes 15 days ahead of Diwali (November 7). The Supreme court also directs Central Pollution Control Board to monitor air quality 7 days before and 7 days after Diwali.

Let’s see what people have to say about it-