Many news articles and posts are going viral on social media, claiming that the Supreme Court has banned the use of firecrackers all over the country. But this is not true at all. The Supreme Court has not issued any order to ban firecrackers this Diwali. However, officials from the Supreme Court made it clear on Tuesday that their earlier order, which they had issued in 2021 to ban firecrackers containing barium, still prevailed, and there is no compulsion to reissue the order.
Nationwide Ban on Polluting Firecrackers
Actually, in 2021, the apex court of India issued an order to ban the harmful firecrackers that contain barium, and the Supreme Court also made it clear that this ban was not limited to Delhi only but also to the whole of the country. And they also confirmed that they had not banned all types of firecrackers. People can still use green crackers, which do not contain barium or any other harmful chemicals.
The court has also cleared that it is not only the court’s duty to care for such things. All the leaders of states, cities, and areas should take responsibility for how they can reduce air and noise pollution. Earlier in 2018, the Supreme Court limited the time to burn firecrackers from 08:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Diwali and 11:55 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on New Year.
The central goal is to reduce air and noise pollution. Bench said today it is not children who burn crackers, but the adults who burn them, and it is the responsibility of all to keep their environment less polluted. Currently, Delhi and Rajasthan are facing the worst air index, and the usage of crackers on festivals and marriages is the main reason behind this. So, the court has said state leaders should act on this and take steps to reduce the pollution, and otherwise, if the Court has found the sale, purchase, and use of the harmful crackers, they will take action on the leaders related to that area.