NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on October 30 clarified that its order on ‘green crackers’ is only for the National Capital Region (NCR) for now and not for the whole country. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said that its order was restricted to NCR after it was pointed out by the manufacturers that many state governments had passed orders to prohibit the sale of non-green crackers on the basis of the SC order.
The court modified its order fixing the time as 8 pm-10 pm for bursting firecrackers on Diwali and said that the time will be changed for Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, but the time limit cannot exceed two hours. Tamil Nadu, Puducherry can fix on their own a 2-Hour Diwali Slot as per their customs.
The Tamil Nadu government urged the Supreme Court to allow firecrackers to be burst on Diwali in the morning from 4:30 am to 6:30 am as per their religious practices.