Supreme Court Rules for Diwali Day sets 8 am-10 pm Time Limit of Firecrackers
The Supreme court on Tuesday declined to a new order countrywide ban on firecrackers. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said “improved and green” crackers can be manufactured and sold only by the licensed holders. The court imposed a complete ban on the sale of firecrackers by e-commerce firms, including Amazon and Flipkart.
Supreme added that firecrackers will also have to comply with the prescribed noise levels. It also barred the use of some chemicals, including barium salt, in manufacturing.
on the day of festivals including Diwali firecrackers only allowed between 8 am to 10 pm. On Christmas and New years the bursting of firecrackers can be allowed between 11:45 pm to 12:45 am.
said Justice Sikri”We make it clear that we are concerned not only with Diwali… be it Gurpurab or Christmas, our directions will work across the board,”
The judge said that this judgment has tried to strike a balance and has relied majorly on the suggestions and guidelines proposed by the central government. The court added that the Centre and state governments should promote community bursting of firecrackers by designating such spots.
It made station house officers of concerned police stations ensure strict compliance with its orders and said those breaching its directives shall be liable for contempt of court.
The bench further directed the Central Pollution Control Board to go with its studies on the impact of firecrackers and submit the reports periodically.