The Hush Post | 9:00 pm| 2-minute-read
During the festive season, to reduce the air and noise pollution in the city, the Chandigarh administration has fixed specific hours for bursting firecrackers.
The District Magistrate, Sachin Rana has imposed a ban on bursting of firecrackers and other fireworks. The ban will follow from September 26 to November 24. However, the ban will not be applicable for three hours on Dussehra, Diwali and Gurpurb.
Last year also, the UT administration imposed ban in agreement with the Punjab and Haryana high court orders. It also banned manufacture, sale and use of noisy crackers.
The magisterial order states that manufacture, sale or use of crackers that make noise exceeding 125 dB(AI) or 145 dB(C) at 4 metres from the point of bursting. That should be prohibited with immediate effect. Such high decibel crackers include classic bomb and hydro bomb.
Also, every manufacturer has been told to mention the details of its chemical content. It should be on the box of each firecracker. It should also assure, whether it meets the requirements laid by the department of explosives.
The order further states that those who are provided with temporary licence to sell firecrackers can do so only at entitled areas. There is complete ban on bursting of firecrackers and other fireworks from September 26 to November 24, except at following times:
Dussehra (Oct 19): 5pm to 8pm,
Diwali (Nov 7): 6:30pm to 9:30pm,
Gurpurb (Nov 23): 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Those violating the magisterial orders issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code can lead to registration of case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code. If convicted, the violator may be imprisoned up to two years along with fine of up to ₹1,000.