NEW DELHI, Sept. 22: On Friday, the Supreme Court denied requests to permit the production and sale of barium-containing firecrackers and joint fireworks.
The court has maintained its 2018 ban and instructions on the bursting of conventional firecrackers to reduce pollution, according to a bench of Justices A S Bopanna and M M Sundresh.
“We are rejecting two applications for the production and distribution of joint and barium firecrackers. The bench stated, “We have not interfered with the 2018 directions and have restated them. The relevant authorities are required to follow the directions.
On September 14, the bench asked the city police not to grant temporary licenses for the sale and storage of any type of firecrackers, stating that since the Delhi Government had banned all firecrackers, no distinction could be made based on whether or not they were green. This was in response to a petition asking for a ban on firecrackers containing barium to reduce pollution, including in Delhi-NCR.
In 2018, the Supreme Court outlawed the use of traditional firecrackers, only allowing the use of green ones in Delhi-NCR.