Firecrackers issue: HC issues notice to UT Admin, Punjab and Haryana
Chandigarh(DP Correspondent) – Close on the heels of the Supreme Court order on crackers, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice to Chandigarh Administration, state of Punjab and state of Haryana over the use and ban on sale of firecrackers. Taking up the burning issue of pollution following use of the fireworks, in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, a Division Bench comprising Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal and Amit Rawal all the three state authorities have been given only given a day’s time to file reply. Taking up the suo motu or “court on its own motion” case on Thursday the Division Bench appointed senior advocate Anupam Gupta as the amicus curiae (friend of the court) to help the court. The court asked both the states, and UT Administration, to supply the information on issuance of permanent explosives and temporary licences. The order came a day after Justice Rawal took suo motu cognizance of pollution caused by the fireworks during the Diwali. In his note placed before the Bench on Thursday, Justice Amit Rawal showed serious concerns on the increasing air pollution in the entire region.Senior Standing Counsel of Chandigarh Administration said that the court has asked them to give details of explosives, including firecrackers licences whether temporary or permanent and other pollution details. The order said that being the festive season of Diwali, I am of the view that it is high time for the court to take a cognizance of alarming increase of pollution, resulting into a health hazard, particularly to the persons, who have respiratory problems. Justice Rawal also referred to the Supreme Court order relating to this.“No doubt the schools and NGOs have been sensitising the children and the members of the society about the aftermath and the works effect of pollutants being emitted owing to the bursting of the crackers. Even it results into burn injuries and the hospitals are flooded with patients having various respiratory problems other than burn injuries”, Justice Rawal added in his order. The Bench in its detailed order said that the matter was being treated as public interest litigation after suo motu notice was taken by the court expressing concern on pollution and use of explosives, including the fireworks in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula and in other parts of states of Punjab and Haryana.
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