While the city is filled with festive spirit and children are excited about the swings in Dussehra fairs put up at various places,safety of children is at stake.
A visit by Newsline team to various fairs in the city revealed that swings have been installed in negligent manner with open and lose wires,layers of rust on pendulums and merry-go-rounds and electricity connections running on kundi or entangled wires which can lead to massive fire tragedy or short circuit anytime.
However,what is appalling is that most of the organizers or contractors have not taken permission from police department and fire department of Ludhiana MC for putting up the swings and in case of a tragedy,neither the police department or the fire wing can be held responsible for it.
As per rules,the organiser first has to take permission from police department and the police department further sends that request to fire department of MC which gives its remarks after inspection and then permission is granted. However,the procedure is not being followed as it is prescribed in papers. Deputy commissioner of police Harsh Bansal said that ADCP headquarters has been given this responsibility.
ADCP headquarters Sukhpal Singh Khera said,If any tragedy takes place with swings,then the organiser will be booked under Sections 337-338 of the IPC. However,in case of casualty,the person responsible will be booked immediately under Section 304- A. Bhupinder Singh,assistant divisional fire officer,however,said that random checkings are being done to ensure safety of children.
Permissions are issued to after the organizers make all fire fighting arrangements on their own but in case an incident and they do not have the arrangements,their licence will be cancelled immediately. It is mandatory to take licences. Still we are doing random inspections to check that those issued licences by us have made all arrangements or else their licence would be cancelled, he said.
Singh added that around 25 organisers have been issued licences this year. However,the number of fairs in city are far more.