Supreme Court says no to barium green crackers, joined crackers

The Supreme Court on Friday said no to the production and sale of green firecrackers “for the present”, rejecting a plea seeking the manufacture and use of firecrackers using barium.

The court refused to interfere with the Delhi government’s decision to ban the use of firecrackers in the national capital ahead of the Diwali festival.

The court added that the 2018 ban shall be duly enforced by all authorities.

Last week, a bench of justices AS Bopanna and MM Sundresh reserved the order after hearing the matter at length.

Senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan appearing for the petitioners on Friday urged the court to list the matter soon to which the bench replied, “We can only say happy Diwali.”

The court said that the order is limited only to the application by manufacturers jointly represented under Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TANFAMA) who agreed to abide by the green cracker formulations approved by the two expert bodies – Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and regulated by Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO).