Centre rules out total ban on firecrackers

Suggests the production of “green crackers”, community cracker bursting to curb pollution .The Centre on Tuesday ruled out a national ban on firecrackers and suggested the production of “green crackers”, community cracker bursting in major cities and a freeze on the production of series crackers or laris as alternative measures to curb pollution during Diwali. The Centre told the Supreme Court that crackers could even be burst in areas pre-designated by the State governments.The Supreme Court was hearing a bunch of applications seeking a complete nationwide ban on the use, manufacture, licensing, sale, resale or distribution of firecrackers and sparklers of any kind in a bid to combat pollution on an emergency basis.In its turn, the Tamil Nadu government, represented by senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, echoed the Centre. Mr. Naphade summed up his arguments in favour of restrained use of firecrackers but not a blanket ban by submitting that whatever human beings do contributes to environmental pollution.
‘Even humans pollute’
He submitted before a Bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan that human beings breathe in oxygen but exhale carbon dioxide, which is a pollutant.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/centre-rules-out-total-ban-on-firecrackers/article24748522.ece

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