The local administration has identified seven areas in Patiala where the retail sale of fire crackers will be allowed during Diwali festivities. The sale is likely to begin on Friday.
The identified places are Polo Ground along the lower mall road, water tank at Tripuri, Vir Hakikat Ground near the bus stand, Urban Estate ground, SST Nagar ground, Badungar road ground and Bahera road.
Official said that loose sale of crackers will not be allowed anywhere in the city except the places identified for the retail sale.
Besides issuing challans to the defaulaters, the goods will be confiscated if anyone is found selling crackers not in their original packing in the city, said Gurpal Singh Chahal, sub-divisional magistrate, Patiala.
Chahal said that the process of granting permission for erecting stalls at the designated places is under way. “The vendors will have to ensure adequate safety arrangements before starting the sale,”he said.
As per the instructions, a vendor has to use steel sheets to erect the stall. No material that easily catches fire can be used.
Further, the vendor must ensure availability of fire-fighting equipment besides storing sand and blankets that can help in tackling fire. Also, the vendors cannot use the space beyond their temporary structure.
Nearly 20 to 30 vendors will be granted permission to sell crackers at each spot, said officials. A thorough check will be conducted at these places to ensure that vendors follow the rules properly and store the necessary items required for safety purpose, in the absence of which a heavy penalty will be imposed, they said.
Meanwhile, the administration has also been working to create adequate parking zones near these places. A meeting with officials concerned of Municipal corporation, police department and senior officials of the administration is scheduled tomorrow on parking and other safety issues, it is learnt.
No storage of firecrackers within city limits
The administraiton has banned hoarding of crackers in residential areas. Retail and wholesale vendors have been directed to stock their goods outside the city limits.
Chahal said raids will be conducted in the city and those found storing crackers in residential areas will be taken to task under the Explosives Act.
Chahal said that ensuring safety of residents was the administration’s primary goal. Similar guidelines have been issued in other subdivisions as well in order to avoid any untoward incident, said officials.