City Mayor Arun Sood on Monday sent a recommendation to Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi to allow traders to put firecracker stalls outside their shops. It was after the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal met Sood and gave him a representation saying the DC’s decision was not at all feasible for traders that this recommendation was sent.
“ It is not at all convenient for the traders to go to such a far off place to sell crackers. When for the past many years, the traders have been selling crackers outside their shops, why will they go to such far off places this time?” asked Anil Vohra, President of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal. The administration has earmarked sites for selling crackers and imposed a ban on the sale of crackers in other parts of the city. The authorities have identified three sites — Sector 25 Rally Ground, Sector 43 Apni Mandi Ground and Manimajra Dussehra Ground— for sale of crackers.
UT estate office has also written to Chandigarh Municipal Corporation for conducting survey of all three locations to ascertain the number of stalls that can be accommodated in each location. Based on the survey report, the DC office will decide on number of licences to be issued.
Earlier in the day, the Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) approached Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher to convince Chandigarh Administration to revert its decision to allow sale of crackers only at three locations. In 2014 also, the administration had earmarked three sites — Circus Ground in Sector 17, Exhibition Ground in Sector 34 and Circus Ground in Manimajra — but had to revert the decision after Kher intervened. A CBM deligation had met DC on October 6, who did not give any commitment for taking back the decision.