The Supreme Court of India issued a nationwide ban on the use of firecrackers, expanding its previous directives on the use of barium and prohibited chemicals in these festive explosives beyond the confines of Delhi-NCR. The decision, pronounced on Tuesday, emerged during the court’s deliberation on a plea pertaining to the use of firecrackers in the state of Rajasthan.
Additionally, the court instructed all state governments to implement necessary measures to curb both air and noise pollution. During the hearing, the Supreme Court specifically advised the state of Rajasthan that no further instructions were required, emphasizing the importance of adhering to prior orders. The bench, comprising Justice A S Bopanna and Justice M M Sundresh, underscored that the earlier guidelines stipulating actions to minimize air and noise pollution would be binding on every state, including Rajasthan.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court also debunked the misconception that the responsibility for environmental issues solely rests on the court. Rather, it underscored that managing pollution is a collective obligation that concerns all individuals and entities within society.