Tricity will celebrate the New Year minus crackers.
Punjab & Haryana High Court has ordered ban on bursting crackers on New Year’s eve in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh,
The areas under NCR have been kept out of its purview.
The bench of Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice A K Rawal had made this landmark decision to curb the rise in pollution levels.
Cracker Ban Had Been Placed Ahead of Diwali
Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana have been facing a cracker ban from the Punjab and Haryana high court since Gurupurab. While bursting of crackers was allowed in a particular time slot (6.30 pm to 9.30 pm) for Diwali and three hours relaxation was given on Gurupurab, the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, on November 4.
A suo motu petition had been initiated ahead of Diwali in October following reports of rising levels of pollution. Amicus curiae (friend of the court) Anupam Gupta had submitted that bursting of crackers was still an active part of festivities and marriage celebrations.
No Bursting of Crackers on New Year Also
The ban will remain in force till 11th January, 2018, the date of the next hearing of the case. The bench had asked the police to take a strict action against the violators.
Areas Affected by Cracker Ban in Haryana
|Where The HC Order is Applicable||Where The HC Order is Not Applicable|
|Ambala, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Hisar, Yamunagar, Kurukshetra, Dadri and Panchkula||Jhajjar, Gurgaon, Mewat, Palwal, Panipat, Rewari, Sonepat, Rohtak, Karnal, Mahendergarh, Faridabad, Bhiwani and Jind|
So, it’s time to welcome the New Year by taking a resolution to help in making a cleaner and greener environment for the nation.
(News Source – The Tribune & HT)
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