New Delhi: The ban on firecrackers has now reached the Supreme court in view of festivals in West Bengal. The matter will come up for hearing in the Supreme Court today i.e. Monday at 3 pm. In fact, the Calcutta High Court had ordered that the sale, purchase and use of firecrackers in the state would be banned during Kali Puja, Diwali and some other festivals this year.
A special bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Ajay Rastogi will hear the plea. The Supreme court has asked the state government counsel and the pollution control board counsel to appear before the court. It has also directed the petitioner to copy the petition to the state government and the pollution control board counsel.
The petition claims that the order banning firecrackers passed by the Calcutta High Court was completely wrong. While the Supreme court has granted a concession to all states to burn green crackers within the permitted limits. West Bengal's Cracker Union has said that the Calcutta High Court has ignored the fact that green crackers emit up to 30 percent less. Green crackers that have been launched in the local market are all environmentally friendly.