After restricted timings for bursting crackers, Chandigarh bans loud crackers
Green Diwali: HC has already restricted bursting of crackers, violation can lead to up to 2 yrs of jailpunjab Updated: Oct 16, 2017 18:58 IST
Following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s restrictions on bursting of crackers ahead of Diwali, the UT administration on Sunday banned manufacture, sale and use of noisy crackers.
District magistrate Ajit Balaji Joshi issued the orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which empowers him to take pre-emptive measures in urgent cases of apprehended danger. These will remain in effect till October 26. The high court has already banned bursting of crackers, except between 6:30pm and 9:30pm on Diwali, which will be celebrated on October 19. The order covers the UT besides Punjab and Haryana.
The Sunday orders state that manufacture, sale or use of crackers that generate noise exceeding 125 dB(AI) or 145 dB(C) at 4 metres from the point of bursting shall be prohibited with immediate effect. Such high decibel crackers include classic bomb and hydro bomb.
Also, every manufacturer has been told to mention on the box of each firecracker the details of its chemical content and whether it meets the requirements laid by the department of explosives. The district magistrate’s order also restricts the sale of crackers to the licence holders and at designated sites only.
Violating Section 144 of the CrPC can lead to registration of a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If convicted, the violator may be imprisoned for up to two years along with fine of Rs 1,000.
3 teams formed, police on toes
To ensure strict implementation of the HC orders, the UT administration has formed three teams under sub-divisional magistrates. Additional deputy commissioner Rajeev Gupta said the teams will make sure the restrictions of bursting of crackers are complied with.
The police department has already cancelled all leaves, and about 1,800 cops will be deployed in different markets on Diwali. This year, apart from ensuring smooth flow of traffic, police are also gearing up to ensure that there is no violation of the HC orders.
Licences: Draw of lots
The UT administration will be conducting draw of lots for issuing cracker licences to traders on Monday. Even as more than 300 licences were issued on Thursday for setting up cracker shops, the administration had to scrap them on Friday after the Punjab and Haryana high court’s order on issuing only 20% licences as compared to last year. As last year around 480 traders got the licences, this time 96 will be eligible for the licenses.
Additional deputy commissioner Rajeev Gupta said the administration received around 450 applications by Sunday evening. The draw will be conducted at the deputy commissioner’s office in Sector 17 at 5pm. The DC will be supervising it, he said.
The UT has already designated 17 sites for the sale of crackers.