The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers. But it came out with a series of restrictions on firecrackers for Diwali, saying that only low-polluting crackers would be allowed for sale. It also imposed a strict time-window for firecrackers to be used on special occasions. Diwali will be celebrated on 7 November.
SC Restrictions On Firecrackers For Diwali
- Firecrackers will be permitted for a limited window on special days: from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and from 11.55 pm to 12.30 am for Christmas and New Year celebrations. No crackers will be allowed during the day.
- The SC restrictions on firecrackers for Diwali include a ban on the online sales of firecrackers. The court has said that e-commerce companies would be responsible for implementing this direction.
- Only low-polluting “green” crackers that adhere to the permitted decibel limits and emission norms will be allowed.
- The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO), which functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, will give a clearance to crackers that meet these noise pollution and emission standards.
- The SC restrictions on firecrackers for Diwali came on petition filed by group of young children from Delhi and their parents.
- In their response, the firecracker manufacturers had argued against a blanket ban; they had suggested a strict regulation of sales instead.
- The Supreme Court had said that it would take into account all aspects; the impact on the livelihood of those who were involved in firecracker manufacturing as well as the right to health of the people affected by pollution.
- Like in the past years, the onset of winter has led to a drop in air quality levels in Delhi and a graded action plan to combat air pollution has already kicked in.
- The SC had suspended the sale of firecrackers in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) in the run-up to Diwali last year to see it this would have a positive impact on air quality.
- This is the first time that restrictions will apply to all other parts of the country as well.