Chain-bursting of fire-crackers (laris) has also been banned by the Supreme Court
The Hush Post |9:32 am |two-minute-read
Crackers will be sold at 29 designated places in the Tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula, and Mohali Monday onwards. Nine places have been designated in Chandigarh, six in Panchkula and 14 in Mohali district. The stalls will be operational from Monday onwards till the evening of Diwali.
In Chandigarh, crackers will be sold at Sabzi Mandi Ground, Sector 43, a site near Ram Leela Ground, Sector 46, an open space in Sector 33, adjoining temple in Sector 37, Dussehra ground, Sector 34, Sabzi Mandi Ground, Sector 29, Ram Darbar Car Bazar open ground, open ground of Mani Majra, near Housing Board and Masjid ground, Sector 20 Chandigarh. All of these sites are in Chandigarh.
As per a report in The IndianExpress, the UT Administration has given temporary licences only to 96 people to sell crackers. The report says, more than 1,000 applicants had applied for cracker licences, but only 96 could make it to the draw of lots. No one would be allowed to sell crackers in the shops due to safety issues. Fire tenders have been positioned by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation at all the nine designated sites.
UT Administration has constituted three teams under respective sub-divisional magistrates to check unlicenced sale of crackers
Chirag Aggarwal, general secretary of the association, said that anyone who purchases crackers up to Rs 2,000 would be given a coupon at Sector 46 market. “Lucky draw would be taken out and lucky 15 will be given Rs 2,100 each. There has been too much protest against the crackers now,” Aggarwal said.
The UT Administration has constituted three teams under respective sub-divisional magistrates to check unlicenced sale of crackers. Also, action would be taken if any of those who have got temporary licences is found selling crackers in the local markets.
Chain (laris) bursting of crackers have been banned by the Supreme Court this time.
The order by the apex court a few days ago had stated that any manufacture, sale, and use of firecrackers (series of crackers) is banned as they cause huge air, noise and solid waste problem. Barium salts in the firecrackers are also prohibited.
The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee is conducting special monitoring for 14 days (commencing from seven days prior to Diwali and ending seven days after Diwali) for aluminum, barium, iron apart from the regulatory parameters against the short-term Ambient Air Quality Criteria Values (AAQCVs) with regard to bursting of firecrackers.
In Panchkula district, 35 cracker stalls shall be put up at six designated sites. While in Mohali district, 44 people have been allowed to sell crackers at 14 designated sites. Bursting of crackers would be allowed only from 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali.