Ghaziabad admin orders inspection of shut fireworks factories
DM Ritu Maheshwari ordered the inspection in view of the upcoming festive season to check illegal manufacture.noida Updated: Sep 20, 2017 21:53 IST
The district magistrate (DM) on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive inspection of shut fireworks manufacturing units in Ghaziabad’s Farrukhnagar-Asalatpur — which was a major fireworks manufacturing and sales hub — before the Supreme Court ban last year.
DM Ritu Maheshwari ordered the inspection in view of the upcoming festive season to check illegal manufacture. In April, five persons were killed and others suffered injuries when a chemical exploded at an illegal manufacturing unit.
“I have ordered an inspection and officials will soon check if any such activity is taking place. We will take strict action if any illegal manufacturing activity is found,” Maheshwari said.
The apex court in November 2016 had ordered the ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi and national capital region in response to a petition. The directions were issued to control air pollution as the air quality had deteriorated to an alarming level following Diwali celebrations last year.
Even prior to the ban, major accidents and deaths were witnessed during the manufacturing activity over the last few years.
“All units here are shut and there is no manufacturing going on. The court has rolled out some new directions but the administration has not allowed us to open again. Since last year, the villagers have lost their source of earning and people are working in agricultural fields or as daily wage labourers,” said Asif Ali, a fireworks’ manufacturer.
According to official data, 64 licences for fireworks sales and manufacturing were issued to units in the area, while nearly 350 temporary sale licences were issued during the festive season.
Fireworks manufacturing has been a traditional activity of villagers, who supplied products to western Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and other areas in the NCR.
The Supreme Court lifted on Tuesday “for the time being” lifted its order of suspending the permanent licences for sale of firecrackers in the NCR.
The apex court, however, said the might require a review after Diwali, depending on the ambient air quality.
“We have sought directions from the state government in the wake of the renewed order. Once we receive a direction from the state government, it will be implemented accordingly,” Maheshwari said.