Ignoring the orders of district administration, the city shopkeepers are selling all kinds of noisy crackers.
Despite, the ban put up by district administration on the sale of such firecrackers ahead of Diwali festival, shopkeepers are openly defying instructions in the absence of any vigilant officer.
The deputy commissioner (DC) Moga Kuldeep Singh Vaid under Section 144 has strictly prohibited the sale of firecrackers exceeding 125-decibel noise level within the range of four meters.
The Moga district administration has overlooked to earmark the sites for selling firecrackers in the open
space. The sale of firecrackers in the open has resulted in increased danger for the residents of any untoward incident.
According to the rules, firecrackers are to be sold at the designated places only. The said places are supposed to be in open space with smooth entry and exit for fire tenders so that in the event of an accidental fire, loss to life and property is minimised.
However, DC has ordered not to put up stalls for the same. Even though the DC has asked shopkeepers to sell firecrackers inside their shops but he has failed to depute teams to keep vigil on violations.
Taking advantage of the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities, several shopkeepers have set up their firecracker stalls on roads. Stalls in crowded areas such as Main Bazaar, Amritsar road and Chamber Road are putting lives of people in danger.
Moreover, no shopkeeper or vendor has kept fire extinguishing equipments near their stalls or shops which are a must during an emergency.
So far no firecracker seller has got the no-objection certificate (NOC) from fire department.
The said NOC is important for the surety that the shop is safe to sell crackers and has fire safety equipment.
DC Kuldeep Singh Vaid said that he has told the police officials to keep a check on the sale of firecrackers. If any seller violates rules, he will be issued challans, said Vaid.