Supreme Court today lifted the complete ban on the sale of firecrackers, reported. According to a report, the use of “safe and green” firecrackers, is permitted.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, which had reserved its verdict on 28 August, pronounce the judgment today.
The apex court had earlier said there is a need to take into account all aspects, including the fundamental rights of livelihood of firecracker manufacturers and the right to health of over 1.3 billion people in the country, while considering a plea for the ban.
It had asked the Centre to suggest measures to be taken for curbing the pollution and to gauge the effect of firecrackers on the public at large.
The apex court had on 8 August, said a spike in PM 2.5 levels in the air is a severe problem, as the particulate matter remains in people’s lungs, leading to serious health implications.
Firecracker manufacturers earlier told the court that the use of firecrackers should not be completely banned and it should instead be strictly regulated.
They have contended that the crackers are not the reason for increase in air pollution and there are other factors, like wind and temperature, which contribute to it.
They also said the firecracker manufacturers can be deprived of their right to do business, based on statements which were not supported by facts.
On 9 October last year, the top court 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 19 October, 2017.
The apex court said its ban order during Diwali that year was an experiment to examine its effect on the pollution levels in the region.>