New Delhi, Oct 23: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the sale and use of firecrackers but with certain conditions.
A bench of Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan ruled that only green firecrackers will be sold which is considered less polluting.
The apex court banned the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on the e-commerce portals from selling firecrackers.
Apart from this, the timings have been fixed for bursting crackers during festivals.
People can burst low-emission firecrackers for two hours from 8 PM to 10 PM on Diwali. While on Christmas and New Year eve, from 11:55 PM to 12:30 AM.
Earlier in August, the top court had reserved its order on the plea for a nationwide ban on firecrackers to curb the deteriorating air pollution.
It had reserved its order after hearing the petitioners, firecrackers manufacturers, the Central government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
Prior to this, the court had said that there was a need to strike a balance between the right to health and the right to carry on a trade or profession.
The apex court had also ruled that there was a fundamental right to livelihood of firecrackers manufacturers as well as the fundamental right to health of 130 crore citizens of the country.
During the hearing, firecracker manufacturers had told the supreme court that crackers were not the sole reason behind rising pollution during Diwali. It was one of the contributing factors and that an entire industry could not be shut down on this basis.