The Supreme Court will rule on October 6 on an affidavit filed by the Ministry of the Environment last October on the use of so-called green and improved fireworks – a case that may well decide whether this Diwali will see fireworks. artifice.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati, representing the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), informed the court that much research and development had been devoted to this area following the judgment of the October 2018 court. She urged the court to consider the various proposals and wordings on green / improved crackers that the ministry presented in its affidavit filed in court in October 2020.
The court ruling of October 23, 2018 banned the sale and production of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR and regulated the use of firecrackers across the country. Barium-based firecrackers have been specifically banned.
The judiciary questioned the ministry’s concern in this case. “We don’t understand the anxiety of MoEFCC when the (fireworks) makers and TANFAMA are already ahead of us.”
TANFAMA is an association representing 180 fireworks manufacturers, represented under the common banner Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association. Tamil Nadu is the hub of the fireworks trade in India.
Senior lawyer ANS Nadkarni, appearing for TANFAMA, said the Center is not anxious but is responding to compliance with the October 2018 order.
The court told ASG Bhati: “We asked you to come up with green crackers. Although we allow its use, we are certain that crackers sold under the name will contain barium. You don’t understand the problem. Only people who suffer from asthma, respiratory problems and … children will understand. Bhati replied, “The Center is not anxious. If the court wants a total ban on firecrackers, we don’t want to join in the problems on this. The bench said, “We are not sitting closed minded. If a via media can be found, we also want to see celebrations. We want to have a balanced vision.
He agreed to address all the aspects raised by the Center.
On Wednesday, the court issued formal notice of six major firecracker manufacturers in the country for shamelessly manufacturing and selling firecrackers containing barium and barium salts, expressly banned by the highest court in October 2018. The ban on barium salts was proposed by the government because, upon ignition, they release toxic gases causing respiratory problems.
The violations by the manufacturers were highlighted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a report submitted under seal to the court in April of this year.
“The CBI report is of a very serious nature. Given CBI’s report under our order, it appears at first glance that they (the manufacturers) violated this court’s previous orders on the use of barium or barium salts as well as our labeling orders. firecrackers, ”the magistrate said.