Chandigarh: Various courts in India are giving one order after another to ensure this year Diwali becomes a forgettable one for most people.
Punjab & Haryana High Court as per its latest order has not only restricted the fireworks to three hours, it has also asked Government to ensure the lightning flower pots sold in the market should not rise above 10 feet at any point of time.
Our reporter who was at the court complex spoke to senior lawyer Ajit Rawal to understand the ‘reason’ behind this announcement. Mr. Rawal told, “The high court bench felt the air quality remains at its ‘best’ between 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM, so little bit of leeway can be given to public. The reason behind restricting the lightning flower pots is to ensure no one has neck problem during this Diwali season.”
Mr. Rawal while sharing little bit of insight behind the order said, “Court while taking the suo motu note on the availability of neck specialists at various hospitals in Chandigarh and other towns, felt it is high time they take some precautionary steps for people to avoid neck injury during this festive season. Court has also asked people not to keep more than 3 liters of water in a bucket when kids will be lightning the fireworks. This is on another suo motu observation, an adult person won’t have pain while lifting a bucket with three liters of water.”
Mr. Rawal added, “Court observed people are unnecessarily spending money in buying high rise flower pots which anyway vanishes within some seconds. They can instead use the money to buy a high-rise bungalow in posh sector 18 locality.”
Our reporter who went out to buy firecrackers did not find a single shopkeeper selling them. “Court has asked us to restrict licensed vendor list to 20 percent of last year. Till now not even 2 percent of license I am able to give. Unless people want to burn their old newspapers or dry waste, I do not think three hours needed for fireworks this year”, said a Govt official who was forcing shopkeepers to take license so that he can meet the court order.