Why ban crackers? Vehicles pollute more, says SC

Why ban crackers? Vehicles pollute more, says SCWhy ban crackers? Vehicles pollute more, says SC
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said why people were 'running after' firecracker industries when it...

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said why people were "running after" firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were "bigger" contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.

While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer said, "We do not wish to generate unemployment."

"Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles," the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre.

The top court said, "You must tell us some way of preventing unemployment also. We cannot have people unemployed and hungry. There are areas where firecrackers can be used."

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