Firecrackers ban: After Supreme Court’s latest order of suspending the sale of firecrackers in National Capital and NCR region, the High Courts of Haryana and Punjab and Chandigarh have also followed suit by restricting the bursting of firecrackers to three hours on Diwali i.e. 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Complying with the High Court order, Police have been instructed to deploy PCR vans across the region. Authorities have been told to ensure orders are followed strictly. Taking notice of the spiking air pollution levels, the High Court division bench including Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal, have sought information on the licenses being granted to traders in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. The issuance of any permanent license has also been restricted, as reported by IE.
To issue any permanent license, permission from the court has to be taken. However, few temporary licenses are being issued to traders. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to modify its October 9 judgement – the ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The apex court said that people can burst firecrackers which they had already purchased before its order.