The honorable Supreme Court has modified its order dated 23rd October 2018, now the state governments can fix the time slots for bursting crackers but it is subject to the condition that timings should not exceed two hours a day.
An application has been filed by the Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry in the Supreme Court seeking permission to burst crackers between 4.30 AM and 6.30 AM on Diwali as per the local traditions and the religious practices of the States. The Bench compromising of A K Sikri.J. and Ashok Bhushan.J. has agreed to modify its order dated 23rd October 2018. Further, the Bench has clarified its earlier order stating that the direction for use of green crackers was meant for the Delhi-NCR region and was not pan India. This was after firecracker manufacturers approached the Court expressing difficulty to manufacture ‘green crackers' before Diwali this year.
Earlier, the honorable Supreme Court in its October 23 order has passed a slew of directions while hearing the petitions filed by children, seeking complete ban of crackers in Delhi-NCR region on the ground of adverse health effects. However, the Supreme Court had denied imposing a complete ban on the sale of firecrackers but the Court has banned online sale of firecrackers, restraining e-commerce websites from carrying out its sale. The Supreme Court had fixed a time slot of 8 pm to 10 pm for bursting firecrackers on Diwali.
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