New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea against Calcutta High Court’s order prohibiting firecrackers in West Bengal during the ongoing festive season. Also Read - COVID-19: PM Modi Holds Virtual Meeting With States, Home Minister Amit Shah Also Present
“We understand these festivals are important. But when lives are at peril, any effort to save human life should be made”, said Justice DY Chandrachud. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Calls Amit Shah's Lunch At Tribal Family a 'Show Off', Says Food Was Cooked At Five Star Hotels
Notably, a vacation bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee was hearing the plea filed by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) challenging the tribunal order. Also Read - Bizarre! Covid-19 Patient, Declared Dead at Bengal Hospital, Returns Home One Week Later After Recovery
The bench asserted that the high court knew the local condition better and it should be allowed to do the needful. It added that the high court had taken care of the interest of citizens, especially senior citizens who may have comorbidities
Last week, the high court had imposed a ban on the use and sale of firecrackers during upcoming festivals, including Kali Puja and Chhath Puja, to curb pollution. Kali Puja will be celebrated on Saturday.
Besides, the HC had set guidelines for Chhath Puja congregation in West Bengal and had directed the TMC-led state government to strictly enforce its ban on fire crackers.
Earlier the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned the sale, use of all kinds of firecrackers, where the average of ambient air quality during November (as per available data of last year) fell under the ‘poor’ and above categories.
The NGT had further directed that only green crackers be sold in cities/towns where air quality was ‘moderate’ and the timings for its use and bursting will be restricted to two hours during festivals.