The Supreme Court has announced its verdict on the plea seeking a nationwide ban on firecrackers, on Tuesday, refusing to impose a complete ban on the manufacture and sale of firecrackers in the country. Here are the regulation imposed by the Supreme Court on sale of firecrackers:
"SHO (Station house officer) will control the sale of firecrackers. If there is any loophole in the investigation, there he will be accountable to it. Firecrackers can be burnt mostly, anywhere but only between 8-10 PM in the evening. Central Pollution Control Board and the state board will prepare 10 days before Diwali to check the level of pollution in the air between and after Diwali. This time the Central and state control board will be alert", said Vijay Panjwani, Advocate of Central Pollution Control Board, speaking on the matter.
In 2017, ahead of Diwali, the top court had put a temporary ban on the sale of firecrackers to put a check on the level of pollution. While the manufacturers filed a plea in the court to sell the firecrackers for few days to earn some livelihood during Diwali, the apex court dismissed it, maintaining its verdict.
Meanwhile, according to recent reports, India has entered the list of world's most polluted cities, fighting the battle with pollution at an alarming rate. Due to the burning of crops during this season and increasing use of fireworks, air pollution is reaching hazardous levels in the country.