Chandigarh administration issues firecracker licences to 96 traders
1,043 traders had applied for the licence; president of cracker dealers’ association says 15X15 sq ft for a stall not enough, need 15X30Updated: Oct 30, 2018 14:32 IST
The UT administration on Monday issued licences to 96 firecracker vendors during the draw of lots held at the deputy commissioner’s office in Sector 17 for nine sites.
As many as 1,043 persons applied for the licence to sell firecrackers.
Devinder Gupta, president of Cracker Dealers’ Association, said, “We request the concerned authorities to increase the space of stall from 15x15 square feet to 15X30 square feet and we are ready to pay the extra amount.”
Following the Punjab and Haryana high court’s restrictions from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, the district magistrate issued the orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), which empowers the authorities to take pre-emptive measures in urgent cases of danger.
Violating Section 144 of the CrPC can lead to registration of a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If convicted, the violator may be imprisoned for up to two years along with ₹1,000 fine.
Last year, the Punjab and Haryana high court had restricted issuance to only 20% licences as compared to 2016.
Admn to check sale of illegal firecrackers
Sachin Rana, additional deputy commissioner, Chandigarh, said, “If any trader is found selling crackers illegally, Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) will be imposed.
All three sub-divisional magistrates (SDMs) will be provided with the list of 96 licence holders.
Under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, violators could face imprisonment for a term which may extend from one month to six months or a fine ranging from ₹200 to ₹1,000 or both.
We have formed one more team, who will check subletting of licenses also and if anyone found subletting the license, case will be registered against the same, he added.
According to the directions of the Supreme Court, firecrackers can be sold only through licence holders.
Stalls will be put up at following locations:
Sabzi Mandi ground, Sector 43
Near Ramlila Ground, Sector 46
Open space in Sector 33C
Adjoining mandir, Sector 37C
Opposite Gujarat Bhawan, Sector 24
Sabzi Mandi ground, Sector 29
Car Baazar open ground, Ram Darbar
Opposite fire station, Manimajra
Masjid ground, Sector 20