Supreme Court Changes Cracker Bursting Time For Tamil Nadu

Published on 30 Oct 2018 by Shivi

The Supreme Court today partly allowed the Tamil Nadu's plea to modify its own earlier order setting an 8 pm to 10 pm deadline for cracker bursting.

The court allowed the Tamil Nadu government to set its own time period but said that the period cannot be more than two hours a day.

The Tamil Nadu government had pleaded that apart from the already permitted 8 pm to 10 pm window, residents in the state be allowed to burst crackers between 4.30 am and 6.30 am.

The court in response said the state government if it so desired could break up the two-hour time period into one hour in the morning and one in the evening. The decision on how to divide the two-hour window was left to the state government.

This is a special exemption for Tamil Nadu, which traditionally celebrates Diwali during the early morning hours.

The Supreme Court made it clear that the exemption will not apply to other states by saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do. In North India, celebrate Diwali like it is usually celebrated here -- during the night."

On October 23, the Supreme Court had refused to place a blanket ban on the sale of firecrackers in the country. A blanket ban on the sale of firecracker would essentially have meant a blanket ban on bursting firecrackers.

The court, however, ordered that "low polluting" green crackers that followed permitted decibel (sound) limits and emission norms.

READ: SC Allows Low-Emission Firecrackers For 2 Hours On Diwali, 35 Minutes On New Year’s Eve

The court also directed that firecrackers be burst only between 8 pm and 10 pm.

It, however, remains to be seen what kind of firecrackers are ultimately burst on Diwali, which falls on November 7.

The Supreme Court's hopes of a green cracker Diwali do not seem to be coming true this year.

On Monday, the Council for Scientific Research (CSIR) and NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute) held a press conference where they said that a number of prototypes of low-emission, green firecrackers have been developed.

These include SWAS (Safe Water Releaser), SAFAL (Safe Minimal Aluminium) and STAR (Safe Thermite Cracker).

However, Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan clarified that green firecracker technology is still under the testing and approval phase and so, has not yet been transferred to firecracker manufacturers.

"They will not be commercially manufactured immediately or available for public use this Diwali," Harsh Vardhan said.


Tags: Environmental Law 

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