AFTER THE draw of lots was held for allotting licences to the firecracker sellers, hundreds of sellers flouted the rules and set up their stalls at Kurali on Morinda-Kurali road and on Kurali-Ropar stretch of National Highway 21. The stalls were set up till late in the evening. Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said that she had already asked the SSP to take action against the illegal cracker sellers.
Kulwant Singh, a resident of Morinda road in Kurali, told Chandigarh Newsline that the cracker sellers were not following the rules and they had put up many stalls on Morinda-Kurali road till late in the evening. He added that he would lodge a complaint with the Kharar Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM). “I came to know later in the evening that only four persons were authorised to sell the crackers, but if one takes a round of Morinda road only, he will find at least 50 stalls set up along the road illegally,” Kulwant Singh claimed.
Vijay Kumar Bathla, another Kurali resident, said that the situation was no different on Kurali-Ropar stretch of NH -21 where the cracker stalls were set up till late in the evening on Monday. He added they would speak to the authorities on Tuesday and apprise them of the situation. The DC, however, said that the matter came to her notice and she had informed the SSP to take necessary action against the illegal cracker sellers. She had formed teams under the supervision of SDMs of Kharar and Derabassi and directed them to carry out surprise raids at the markets. Only four licences were issued at Kurali while the number of firecracker sellers is said to be nearly 1,000. Kurali has the biggest firecracker market in the region.