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Only 'green crackers' Delhi-NCR this Diwali

Only green crackers Delhi-NCR this Diwali

New Delhi: The Supreme Court clarified on Wednesday that firecrackers other than green crackers would not be sold in the Delhi-NCR region this Diwali and other festivals.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said firecrackers already produced can be sold in this festival season only in other parts of the country.

In Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and other southern states, firecrackers can be burst from 4 am to 5 am and from 9 pm to 10 pm during festivals, the apex court said.

The top court said that its direction on community bursting of firecrackers would apply pan India for two hours.

In its October 23 order, the court had ordered that bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and other festivals would be only from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The bench said that the directions on the ban on the sale of firecrackers through e-commerce websites would also apply pan India, the court said.

The apex court in its October 23 order had said that e-commerce websites would be hauled up for contempt of court if they do not adhere to the court's direction, adding that the Station House Officers of police stations concerned will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area.

In the previous hearing, the advocates appearing for firecracker manufacturers had told the bench that the apex court had never intended to order a complete ban on the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali, but the composition of green crackers was not even finalised.

They had said that in such a scenario, it would be akin to complete ban on firecrackers as green crackers would possibly come in the market only next year.

They had also said that a lot of changes were required to be made in the quality of crackers to make them green and it was impossible to do so within such a short span of time this year.

On October 9 last year, the top court had temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers ahead of Diwali.

Later, the court refused to relax its order while dismissing a plea by traders who had sought permission to sell crackers for at least a day or two before Diwali on October 19, 2017.

The apex court said its ban order during Diwali that year was an experiment to examine its effect on pollution levels in the region.

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