Supreme Court gives its verdict on firecrackers today. There is no blanket ban on the firecrackers. The court said that the firecrackers only with reduced emission and decibel levels are allowed during all festivals. With the high rise in pollution levels in Delhi, the SC allowed the sale and use of firecrackers with strict conditions. The timings to burst firecrackers on Diwali could be between 8 pm and 10 pm.
Whereas on Christmas and New Year it will be between 11:55 pm and 12:30 am. Supreme court also clears that the online websites can’t sell the crackers. In case if it is found, the websites will be hauled up for contempt.
Earlier the court said that the use of crackers should not be completely banned as it will cost thousands their livelihood. Supreme court directs the Central Pollution Control Board to monitor air quality 7 days before and 7 days after Diwali. Only the licence holders can sell the firecrackers. Station house officers of the police station concerned will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area.