HC allows bursting of firecrackers for 3 hours on Gurpurab. Chandigarh – Not changing its orders which were issued on Diwali to stop the rise in air pollution, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday fixed a threehour slot for bursting of crackers on the occasion of Gupurab, birthday of Guru Nanak Dev on November 4. As per the orders of the High Court the crackers can be busted from 6:30 pm to 9:30, pm on Gurpurab. A Division Bench comprising Justice A K Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal said that temporary licences to be issued up to 20 per cent of last year on Diwali.The Punjab and Haryana governments also submitted status reports regarding in the High Court. The Union Territory of Chandigarh had filed status report during previous hearing of the case. During hearing the amicus curiae, friend of the court, Anupam Gupta raise the matter pertaining to the orders of the Single Bench in relation to issuing licences to the businessmen of Amritsar and added that the “order amounts to contempt of the court.” However, counsel for the businessmen of Amritsar on Wednesday an affidavit in this matter. Next hearing of the case has been fixed for November 15. The Punjab in its affldavit said that the police and pollution control board has complied with the High Court orders. It was claimed in the affldavit that the air pollution condition has improved after the implementation of orders. Haryana in its affidavit said that 28 cases have been registered in Panchkula against those who have violated the High Court orders issued on October 13. As many as 15 people were arrested. Of these while 13 got bail, two are in jail, the affidavit filed by Haryana reads.
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