Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking reconsideration of its order on the two-hour window for bursting firecrackers. The apex court had limited bursting of firecrackers between 8 PM and 10 PM. In its plea, the Tamil Nadu government demanded that the time to burst crackers on Diwali should be extended and should also be allowed from 4 AM to 6 AM in the morning.
Hearing a petition filed on behalf of three infants, the Supreme Court had on October 23 refused to impose a blanket ban on the bursting of firecrackers and allowed the use of only green firecrackers with, it said, would reduce emission and decibel levels during all religious festivals. The apex court ruled that firecrackers could be burst only between 8 PM and 10 PM and the time limit would be applicable on Gurpurab as well.
The bench also provided that firecrackers would be allowed between 11.55 PM and 12.30 AM. on Christmas and New Year while banning the bursting of firecrackers not conforming to the green norms. The apex court bench comprised Justice A.K. Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan.
The apex court also prohibited the manufacture, sale, and use of series crackers or ‘laris’ and specified that e-commerce websites should not accept any online orders and effect online sales. “Station house officers of the police station concerned will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area,” the court ruled.
Refusing to accept the Supreme Court’s orders and challenging it, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Chintamani Malviya had earlier said that he will burst crackers on Diwali after finishing puja as no time limits can be set on the festivals. Calling it as “unacceptable”, Malviya said, “Our religion traditions and festivals are followed by Hindu calendar. I will burst crackers only when I finish puja, we can’t set time limits on festivals, such restrictions were not even in Mughal times.”