SC permits sale, manufacture of green crackers with stringent conditions

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.

Key Highlights:-

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.

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