Govt announced that CSIR labs have been successful in developing various environment-friendly fireworks.
Trial of some samples was also conducted, PESO said, adding that the development would reduce the emission of pollutants PM 2.5 at least by 25-30 per cent.
Only reduced emission firecrackers like safe water and air sprinklers approved by the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO) can be stocked or sold, police said.
A bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said firecrackers already produced can be sold in this festival season only in other parts of the country.
One of the formulations can even produce water molecules, which suppress dust and significantly reduce hazardous particulate matter.
As per the court order, SHOs will be held liable if banned firecrackers are sold in their area.
Citing concerns over rising unemployment, Supreme Court says can’t deprive people of jobs, food.
The “green” crackers have been tested for colour, smoke, brightness and particulate matter and are found to emit less smoke and noise.
In its October 23 order, the court had ordered that bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and other festivals would be only from 8 PM to 10 PM.
Firecrackers were burst before and well after the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. window on Wednesday, ordered by the Supreme Court, and more were let off with impunity on Thursday also.
The SAFAR had warned that even if partial toxic firecrackers as compare to last year were burnt, then the air quality would fall in the severe category.
Around 1.5 million lawyers across the country are on a strike Tuesday demanding among other things insurance cover and housing.
A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan permitted to make local variations but did not extend the time to burst crackers.
SC granted one more opportunity to ArcelorMittal and Russia's VTB Bank-promoted Numetal to bid for Essar Steel, provided the two pay off the NPA's of their related corporate debtors within two weeks.
Partly as a result of smoke from crackers, the overall air quality index (AQI) in Delhi jumped to 574 which falls in the "severe-plus emergency" category
Mumbaikars also welcomed the ban, with some activists suggesting a calibrated approach towards Diwali celebrations in the metropolis that has a diverse population.
Every year Maharashtra Pollution Control Board carries out a test of firecrackers at an open ground in the presence of environment activists and record the sound.
The bans were extended by the Supreme Court-appointed agency on the recommendations of a Central Pollution Control Board-led task force, which reviews the national capital's air quality.
The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 302 at 11 pm, which fell in the very poor category, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
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