The Supreme Court had earlier ordered to restrict the time of bursting crackers from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Diwali or on any other festival/occasion. But now, the court has made certain changes and allowed some states to decide their own schedule.
After Tamil Nadu requested for the permission to burst fire crackers in the morning, the SC has granted some of the states to decide their schedule but keep in mind not to exceed the limit of two hours. This means the authorities can stagger the time-slots and even make it an hour in the morning and another in the night. But Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan have strictly instructed that the time slot should not exceed the two-hour limit set by the court.
Also, a green rule was passed for reducing the pollution levels in regions surrounding national capital. The rule states that the green crackers can only be manufactured and sold and used in religious festivals and other occasions, including weddings. About this two hour time limit and the 8-10 pm slot, a senior advocate Shekhar Naphade requested on the behalf of Tamil Nadu that four hours be granted to the state, two in the morning, two in the evening. But his plea was declined.
The bench of judges clearly stated, “That is not possible. Total duration should not exceed more than two hours in a day. However you’re free to stagger it (in the morning and evening).” A request for separate one and a half hour for both morning and evening was made as well. But it was not accepted. The court strictly stuck to the two hour time limit in this case. The SC also clarified that the green rule is for Delhi and surrounding areas this time, but will be applicable nationwide from next year.