New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that people were running after firecrackers even though automobiles are major pollutants in India. The top court further asked the Centre to give a comparative study on pollution caused by firecrackers and automobiles.

“Why everyone is after firecrackers when automobiles are major pollutants? Why everyone is seeking a ban only on firecrackers?” the apex court bench asked while hearing petitions, demanding a ban on firecrackers.

The bench also expressed concern over the fact that thousands of people were left jobless after a curb on fire-crackers. “Legal trade cannot be stopped. At best license conditions need to be changed,” the bench observed.

The bench further noted, “What would happen to people employed in the firecracker industry? People involved in manufacturing and selling of firecrackers lost their jobs after court banned manufacturing. We cannot keep people unemployed for long as they have to run their family.”

Further, the court has posted the matter for hearing on April 3.

Last year, the Supreme Court put pan India ban on the bursting of firecrackers. The top court also made it clear that only the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide is permitted while fixing a two-hour time period from 8 PM to 10 PM for bursting them on Diwali and other festivals.