A division bench of the Chandigarh High Court, comprising Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli, in its order issued on Wednesday, asked all deputy commissioners and superintendents of police of the two states and the administration of the union territory of Chandigarh to ensure that firecrackers are burst by the general public only between 5 pm and 8 pm on Dusshera and between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Diwali.
“Violators should be dealt with strictly,” said the High Court.
“If the number of applicants is higher, a draw of lots should be held,” added the High Court.
However, it turned down amicus curiae Anupam Gupta’s plea to impose a total ban on firecrackers in view of the sound and air pollution they cause. It also ordered that the number of licenses issued by the administrations for sale of firecrackers this year should be 20 per cent of the corresponding figure in 2016 in every district.