SC bans all firecrackers, including green crackers in Delhi-NCR

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Supreme Court on Friday banned all firecrackers, including green crackers in Delhi keeping in view the pollution level in Delhi-NCR.

A Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice A S Bopanna, in its order rejected the application filed by the Firecracker Association to include barium with improved formulations in green crackers.

Keeping in view the level of pollution and the increasing number of patients with asthma and others during Diwali, the court issued the significant order.

“We can only say Happy Diwali,” Justice Bopanna said in the order.

The apex court reiterated that its earlier orders banning the use of barium-based chemicals in fire crackers will prevail in Delhi-NCR.

The court refused to interfere with the Delhi government’s decision to ban the use of firecrackers in Delhi ahead of Diwali festival.

During the course of the hearing, the centre supported the bursting of green crackers. The apex court had also questioned the Delhi police’s failure to implement the total ban.

The Firecracker Association had moved the Supreme Court, seeking appropriate directions and orders to include barium with improved formulations in green crackers.

The Supreme Court also made it clear that in those states where firecrackers were not fully banned, people can use green crackers, as per rules laid down by the judiciary.

The court also said it could not allow the manufacture and use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR.

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