Even as sound of firecrackers could be heard from a few densely populated areas of Panchkula and Chandigarh, in many areas comprising sectors in Panchkula and Chandigarh, residents avoided bursting crackers. “I am surprised to see that people have stopped bursting crackers. Some sounds were heard from mu locality in Manimajra, where children are not aware of the ban,” said a resident and a member of local market association.
The areas from where the sounds were resonating from included Manimajra, Daria, Kishangarh, Sector 22, Sector 49 in Chandigarh and Sector 16, Buddanpur, Old Panchkula, Sector 1, Abhaypur, Sector 19 in Panchkula. Visits to different parts of Chandigarh and Panchkula shows that while firecrackers were burst in densely populated areas while it was completely absent in some other areas.
A resident of Sector 19 said, “I somehow managed to convince my children to not burst crackers before Diwali despite the fact that they were eager to do so.” In government quarters, Sector 22, sounds of fireworks could be heard in the afternoon as well.
In Panchkula, several residential welfare associations have shown keen interests to provide all assistance to local authorities in implementation of orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
SK Nayar, president of Citizens’ Welfare Association, has written to Panchkula authorities to use the assistance of welfare associations’ members in the implementation of orders of High Court. According to October 14 orders, bursting of firecrackers is prohibited in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh except for Diwali and that too only for three hours.