In a circular, the Karnataka government also banned the manufacture and sale of ladis.

Karnataka you can burst crackers between 8 pm and 10 pm on Deepavali
news Deepavali Saturday, November 03, 2018 - 15:25

Following the Supreme Court order which restricted the timing of bursting crackers to 2 hours, the Karnataka government said that crackers can only be burst between 8 pm and 10 pm from November 5 to November 8.

In a circular dated November 2, the state government also banned the manufacture and sale of ladis. “Owing to noise pollution, air pollution and the pollution caused by the remains of the crackers after they have exploded, the state government is prohibiting the manufacture and sale of series crackers or ladis,” the circular said.

District administration officials have been asked to carry out awareness programs about the ill effects of firecrackers in schools and colleges. “The state pollution control board will inquire about anyone bursting crackers 7 days before and after Deepavali,” the circular said.

Furthermore, it directed officials to keep an eye out for those who do not follow the orders of the top court.

“All municipal corporations, district administrations, Zilla panchayats and gram panchayats will keep an eye on anyone people who burst crackers as a part of a community-organised event.

The police personnel must ensure that the court order is followed and must take action against violators. Police should also ensure that banned firecrackers are not sold,” it said.

On October 23, in an attempt to rein in the pollution caused by the crackers, the Supreme Court had permitted the bursting of firecrackers between 8 and 10 pm for Deepavali across the country. The order by the SC comes after a PIL had sought a ban on the manufacture and sale of firecrackers in the country. While initially, people could only burst crackers between 8-10 pm, the apex court modified its order after Tamil Nadu went to the Supreme Court and stated that states should be able to choose any two hours.

In an effort to curb the effects of pollution, the apex court not only set this time limit, but also stated that only firecrackers of the ‘green’ or eco-friendly variety could be sold during this year’s festive season in New Delhi.

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