In 2018, Supreme Court banned the bursting of conventional firecrackers year and said that only green crackers could be sold in the country. This year, only two types of firecrackers — green version of anar and phuljhari — have been declared legal by the top court, according to NDTV.
The report quoted Delhi Police spokesperson MS Randhawa as saying, “Only green crackers are allowed and we have constituted teams to check these sellers. If anyone is found selling any other type of crackers, legal action is being taken.”
Last year, the top court had said that firecrackers can only be burst from 8 to 10 pm.
The Uttar Pradesh government, according to a PTI report, has allowed only ‘eco-friendly’ crackers to be burst from 8 pm for two hours on Diwali.
The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board on Wednesday fixed two-hour slots to burst crackers — 6-7 am and 7-8 pm. In a statement, India Today quoted. The board has said low decibel crackers should be used and bursting of crackers should be avoided near hospitals and places of worship.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board is waiting for government notification, The New Indian Express reported.
No time restriction has been announced for Delhi, which sees pollution levels sky-rocket this time of the year.
(With PTI inputs)