Gujarat govt planning ban on crackers between 10 pm and 6 am

Ahmedabad: The state government on Thursday told the Gujarat High Court that it was planning to prohibit bursting of firecrackers between 10 pm and 6 am during this Diwali.

A division bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Supehia, hearing a contempt of court petition against the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation and the government, had sought to know the steps taken to prevent accidents caused by firecrackers.

The government lawyer said a draft notification on the guidelines for bursting crackers between October 15 and 31 was ready.

It proposed a ban between 10 pm and 6 am on exploding firecrackers above 125 decibel and also within 500 metres of petrol pumps and LPG bottling plants. The draft guidelines also proposed additional equipment for fire stations during this period, the court was told.

The petition filed by Prakash Nambiar claimed the government had not framed fire safety rules properly and the municipal corporation did not act against those who violated the rules despite a court order in 2011.

The HC asked the government to make its submissions on an affidavit tomorrow.