The Supreme Court of India on October 23, 2018, decided not to impose a blanket ban on the sale and manufacture of firecrackers ahead of the popular Indian festival, Diwali.
The apex court, however, decided to allow the same with a set of stringent conditions. The SC bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan permitted the sale and manufacture of green and low emission crackers alone.
1. The top court ruled that only firecrackers with reduced emission and decibel levels will be permitted during all festivals.
2. The court also ordered a ban on the online sale of firecrackers and put a restraint on e-commerce portals from selling them. The responsibility of the same has been placed on the companies.
3. Should the e-commerce companies be used for the sale of the banned firecrackers then, the concerned company will be held for contempt.
4. The apex court has also fixed a time limit for the bursting of the crackers. On Diwali, people will only be allowed to burn crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm. The time limit for New Year and Christmas has been set from 11:45 pm to 12:15 am.
5. The court has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to monitor air quality 7 days before and 7 days after Diwali.
6. Further, the court has permitted bursting of crackers in only designated community areas in Delhi-NCR identified by Central Pollution Control Board.