Unhappy with the decision of Chandigarh Administration allowing sale of crackers only at three locations, a delegation of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) met UT Deputy Commissioner. Ajit Balaji Joshi on Thursday. The delegation led by CBM president Anil Vohra urged the Ajit Balaji Joshi to reverse the decision.
The authorities have identified three sites — Sector 25 Rally Ground, Sector 43 Apani Mandi Ground and Manimajra Dussehra Ground— for sale of crackers and has imposed a ban on sale of crackers in other parts of the city. The traders expressed resentment over authorities taking this decision without consulting them. “The move directly impacts the traders. They should have consulted the traders before taking such decisions,” said Vohra.
With DC making no commitment to take back the decision, the traders have decided to approach local Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher. In 2014 also, the administration had earmarked three sites — Circus Ground in Sector 17, Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 and Circus Ground in Manimajra — for sale of crackers but had to revert the decision after Kirron Kher had intervened.
For the past many years, traders have been selling crackers in densely populated sectors like Sector 7, 15, 22, 23, 26, 24 and in villages like Burial, Kajheri, Maloya and Palsora. With little check, the traders violates guidelines pertaining to fire safety and encroachment. The delegation also complained about harassment being faced by the traders dealing in packing material at the hand of enforcement staff.
The National Green Tribunal on December 4, 2015, had imposed fine on use of plastic bag, plates and glasses. After the orders, the administration swung into action by launching a sustained drive against use of plastic. The traders allege that the enforcement staff harass them by seizing plastic packing material, which is not covered under the ban.
Charanjiv Singh, Chairman of CBM raised objection in the manner in which the raids were being conducted. Charanjiv Singh said that the enforcement staff force their way into shops without any uniform or identity cards. Meanwhile, DC Ajit Balaji Joshi assured the delegates that he would look into the matter.