The government has extended a complete ban on the manufacture, sale, purchase, storage and use of fireworks in Delhi until January 2023. The new order also bans the online sale and delivery of fireworks.
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The Supreme Court said the detailed hearing of the petition will take place before the Diwali holiday.
Tiwari’s lawyer sought directions for new guidelines regarding the ban from the Delhi government and questioned the blanket ban on exploding fireworks when the same court allowed green fireworks to be set off.
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The petition by BJP MP Manoj Tiwari states that freedom of religion cannot be taken away under the pretext of right to life. In his call, Tiwari also urged states not to take coercive action against the general public for selling or using fireworks in the upcoming festival season.
The Supreme Committee had clarified last year that there is no comprehensive ban on the use of fireworks, and only fireworks containing barium salts are prohibited. However, despite the order, many state governments introduced complete bans on fireworks in 2021.