‘Can’t impose blanket ban on firecrackers’: Supreme Court units apart Calcutta HC order

The Supreme Court on Monday put aside Calcutta High Court order imposing ban on sale, buy and use of all firecrackers to curb air air pollution amid Covid-19 pandemic.

While listening to the petitions filed in opposition to the excessive courtroom order, a particular bench of the apex courtroom, comprising justices A M Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi, additionally requested the West Bengal authorities to discover the chance to make sure that banned firecrackers and associated objects are usually not imported into the state on the entry level itself.

Barely a couple of days after the West Bengal authorities allowed bursting of solely inexperienced crackers between eight pm and 10 pm throughout Kali Puja, Diwali and Chhath, the Calcutta HC final Friday ordered a blanket ban on firecrackers, together with inexperienced crackers, as much as December 31 this yr. However, the ban wouldn’t be legitimate on wax and oil-based diyas, it mentioned.

Before announcing the order, the courtroom additionally noticed that will probably be very troublesome to segregate inexperienced crackers from regular, polluting firecrackers.

After the High Court verdict, the state administration ordered to keep up the ban and instructed officers to maintain a strict vigil on the use and sale of firecrackers.