The Supreme Court has refused to impose a nationwide blanket ban on sale of firecrackers. In its verdict today, the court said only ‘green firecrackers’ (which are less polluting) will be allowed to be sold.
In its order, the court banned the online sale of firecrackers and put a stay on e-commerce portals from selling them.
The court said only “low polluting” green crackers which are within permitted decibel limits and emission norms will be allowed.
The court has also directed all states to explore feasibility of community cracker bursting during festivals.
The Supreme Court’s verdict came in response to a plea seeking a ban on manufacturing and sale of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution.
This comes 15 days ahead of Diwali (November 7).