In the latest verdict, Supreme Court on Tuesday, refused direct blanket ban on sale of firecrackers in the country, however, allowed the sale of only green firecrackers (eco-friendly).
The bench further added saying that there will be no online sale of crackers and the sale will only be allowed for sellers with an authorised license. The burning of firecrackers during Diwali will be allowed from 8 PM to 10 PM.
“Only crackers with reduced emission will be allowed and they can be sold through licenced holders,” the judges said.
“We tried to strike a balance,” the court commented, taking note of the popularity of crackers during festivals and weddings.
The apex court had in August said that it needs to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental right of livelihood of manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country, while considering a plea for a ban on firecrackers.