The Hush Post|12:15pm| 1-min-read
Not banning use of fire crackers completely, the Supreme Court has restricted bursting of fire crackers keeping in mind the deadly pollution levels in big cities.
The apex court has allowed the use of firecrackers, manufactured within safety norms, from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali. The police officer or Station House Officer in charge of an area will be responsible for any violation of the new rules.
Only reduced-emission crackers will be allowed to be manufactured and sold in the market. However, noisy ladis or chain-firecrackers are completely banned. Only those that are within noise pollution limits set in July 2005 verdict have been allowed.
The fire crackers can only be sold by licensed vendors.
Firecrackers will be allowed on Christmas and New Year from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am.
“We tried to strike a balance,” a two-judge bench said.
A petition was filed by three children who had asked for a complete ban on fireworks.