As per a report, more than 50 cases were registered for violation of orders on sale and bursting of crackers in Chandigarh. It has been reported that about 38 residents have been arrested for flouting Punjab and Haryana High Court orders during Diwali celebrations.
According to the report, 25 persons were arrested from different parts of Chandigarh for bursting crackers. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had directed that bursting of crackers would only be allowed between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm on Diwali. 53 cases, out of the total 55 cases, were registered under section 188 of IPC (the Indian Penal Code). While 13 people out of the total 55, were arrested for selling crackers in Chandigarh 25 others were booked for bursting crackers. The 13 accused were selling firecrackers in Chandigarh without a valid permit and licence while the other 25 were bursting crackers in Chandigarh beyond the permissible time limit.
Burn injuries dropped this Diwali, 50 per cent patients admitted with eye injuries
More than 140 injuries were reported due to the bursting of crackers. According to a report, the number that has been mentioned includes only PGI (Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) Chandigarh and other government hospitals in Chandigarh.
Punjab and Haryana High court’s orders had a positive effect that not only brought down the air and noise pollution but also reduced Diwali-related emergency cases at government hospitals. Director of PGIMER stated that out of the total number of patients, more than 50 per cent suffered grievous eye injuries.
Chandigarh’s cleanest Diwali in the last decade
As per a report by The Times of India, Chandigarh witnessed the cleanest and the greenest Diwali in the past Decade. As per the report lungs and ears faced the easiest Diwali celebrations in a decade. Chandigarh witnessed improvement in the air-quality, as well as the noise indices and this was made possible due to the Punjab and Haryana high court’s orders and its implementation in the city by the administration.
Firecracker sellers happy in Chandigarh
As per a report in the Indian Express, firecracker sellers in Chandigarh were happy with the profits that they generated by selling the crackers on the festival of lights despite the fact that the administration had given licences to only a few traders.
As per the report, only 96 traders were given the licences to sell firecrackers. The report also mentions that these traders reported a sale of about Rs 5 crore this Diwali. One of the major reasons for the boost in the firecracker sale in Chandigarh was cracker-sale-ban in Delhi NCR region.