Punjab Firewood and Charcoal (Restriction) Act, 1964
Firewood and Charcoal (Restriction) Act, 1964
(W.P. Act XI of 1964)
An Act to prohibit and regulate the burning
of firewood and charcoal in [the
Preamble.— WHEREAS it is expedient in
the public interest to prohibit and regulate the burning of firewood and
charcoal in factories, brick-kilns, lime-kilns and other specified places in
the province of the Punjab in the manner hereinafter appearing;
It is hereby enacted as
1. Short title, extent and
commencement.— (1) This Act may be called the [Punjab]
Firewood and Charcoal (Restriction) Act, 1964.
(2) It extends to the whole
of the province of [the
(3) This section and
section 2 shall come into force at once and the remaining provisions shall
come into force in such area or areas on such date, or dates as may be
specified by Government by notification, in this behalf.
2. Definitions.— In this Act,
unless the context otherwise requires the following expressions shall have
the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say—
(a) “Factory” means any premises
including the precincts thereof where any process is being carried on with
the aid of power;
(b) “firewood” includes any kind
of wood used for burning of fire, but does not include shrubs, loppings of
trees not exceeding six inches in girth, or the stumps of trees;
(c) “Forest Officer”---
(i) in relation to
Hazara District, has the meaning assigned to it in the North-West Frontier
Province Hazara Forest Act, 1936;
(ii) in relation to any
other place, has the meaning assigned to it in the Forest Act, 1927;
(d) “Government” means the
Government of the Punjab];
(e) “Power” means electrical
energy and any other form of energy which is mechanically transmitted and is
not generated by human or animal agency.
3. Restrictions on burning firewood
and charcoal.— It shall be unlawful to burn firewood or charcoal in any
factory, brick-kiln, lime-kiln, or such other fire places or class of fire
places as may be specified by the Government by notification:
Provided that the prohibition
contained in this section shall not apply to—
(i) any fire place for
burning of earthen-wares,
any brick-kiln or lime-kiln worked for the preparation of bricks or lime for
the personal use of the proprietor of such kiln;
(iii) the use of firewood for
any domestic purposes:
Provided further that Government
may, in any area permit the burning of firewood or any kind of firewood or
charcoal in any class of factories, brick-kilns or lime-kilns subject to
such conditions as may be prescribed.
4. Penalty.— Any person who
contravenes the provisions of section 3 or such of the rules made under this
Act, as may be specified, shall be liable to simple imprisonment for a term
which may extend to thirty days or with fine upto five hundred rupees or
5. Offence to be cognizable and
bailable.— Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal
an offence punishable under this Act shall be cognizable and bailable within
the meanings of the said Code.
6. Power of Forest Officer.—
(1) Any Forest Officer, specially empowered by Government in this behalf,
may, after getting a warrant from a magistrate, arrest any person who has
committed and may seize the firewood and charcoal in respect of which the
offence has been committed.
(2) The Forest Officer
making an arrest under sub-section (1) shall release such person on his
executing a bond to appear, when so required, before the officer-in-charge
of the nearest police station.
7. Indemnity.— No suit,
prosecution or other legal proceedings shall lie against any officer for
anything which is, in good faith, done or intended to be done in pursuance
of any provision of this Act or the rules made thereunder.
8. Power to make rules.—
Government may, after previous publication, make rules for the purpose of
carrying into effect the provisions of this Act.
statement of objects and reasons, see Gazette of West Pakistan,
10th January, 1964 pages 188-AAA to 188-CCC.
This Act was passed by the West
Pakistan Assembly on 11th March, 1964; assented to by the Governor of
West Pakistan on 17th March, 1964; and, published in the West Pakistan
Gazette (Extraordinary), dated 24th March, 1964, pages 941-46.
by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation) Order,
1974 (Pb. A.O. 1. of 1974), for “West Pakistan”.
Act VI of 1936.
by the Punjab Laws (Adaptation) Order,
1974 (Pb. A.O. 1. of 1974), for “Government of West