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Bursting of firecrackers restricted to three hours in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh

Diwali firecrackers: The High Court took a suo moto cognizance of the deteriorating air quality in the region and sought information on the licenses of explosives from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Chandigarh | Updated: October 13, 2017 1:52 pm
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday restricted bursting of firecrackers on Diwali in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to three hours– from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The court also issued guidelines for granting temporary licences to firecracker sellers.

The High Court on Thursday had taken suo moto cognizance of the deteriorating air quality in the region and sought information on the licences granted to traders in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

The division bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal on Friday directed the police to ensure adequate PCR vans are deployed for compliance of the High Court directions. The Deputy Commissioners and the Superintendents of Police have also been directed to ensure the orders are followed strictly.

The division bench restricted the authorities from issuing any permanent licenses without the permission of court and also limited the number of temporary licenses to be issued to the traders. As Punjab’s air quality deteriorates, state pollution board issues instructions for ‘green Diwali’

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    Rohan sharma
    Oct 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm
    Khud govt 100 cars le k niklte h, CM, pM Tb pollution nhi hota Relly pr itni cars hoti h tb nhi hota pollution
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      Rohan sharma
      Oct 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm
      This is no solution to protect air Govt kill the diwali festival
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        Dalit
        Oct 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm
        What could be better way than bursting firecrackers for celebrating the life of a moron by the fools
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          B T
          Oct 13, 2017 at 2:33 pm
          A very welcome step from the Honorable court. It is sad to see that the job of the government has to be done by the court. Those who are saying that banning crackers is against Hinduism need a reality check as nowhere in hindu scriptures it is mentioned that crackers are necessary for Diwali. So instead of politicising environmental issues every good citizen of the world should welcome it. Those people who are saying that pollution is also caused by vehicles or cooking are fools who cannot understand that necessities cannot be compared with entertainment. We can survive without bursting crackers but cooking food is necessary for survival. Many eminent personalities came out openly against the ban imposed by supreme court in delhi only to prove their narrow minded thinking. For god sake get it into your thick heads that this ban has nothing to do with liberty or religion or celebration. It is a very very serious environmental issue which needs to be addressed urgently for good.
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            taxpayer
            Oct 13, 2017 at 1:47 pm
            Government has NO RIGHT to discourage the festivals of the land. Festivals are the LAW OF THE LAND. In a democratic nation, people must be allowed to celebrate their festivals without any restriction. Hope this a move for political gains. In India, we politicise everything from festivals to marriages - really unfortunate.
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              B T
              Oct 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm
              In a Democratic nation and on the planet earth everybody including all the animals, insects and homo sapiens have a right to clean air. The law of the land is that those things that can be done away with which are causing pollution need to be addressed. A safe pollution free environment is required for survival.so stop politicising environmental issues and comment like a responsible global citizen.
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              1. Neet
                Oct 13, 2017 at 11:53 pm
                Government is NOT discouraging celebrating festivals. In fact only saving a few lives (please read the current researches on population levels and how detrimental are they)! The LAW OF THE LAND is to celebrate, which in case you don't know can be done without crackers. I don't think Rama was welcomed with crackers as well!
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                  Rohan sharma
                  Oct 17, 2017 at 7:57 pm
                  Asha to govt CM , PM khud relly pr itni bikes, cars le k niklte h tb pollution nhi bdta Ptakhe ban krne se ashw , Tree lgate Usko kaat kaat kr to govt paisa bna rhi h Do u relly think ek din ptakhe na chlege to pollution rukega? No bilkul nhi
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