October 10, 2017 4:53:53 am
Ahead of Diwali, the Chandigarh administration Monday identified eights sites where firecrackers can be sold.
According to sources, sale of firecrackers will be allowed on the ground near Gujarat Bhawan in Sector 24 , three grounds in Manimajra, adjoining Ryan International School in Sector 49, in Sector 43 and also in front of a government school in Sector 38 (west).
General Secretary of the Chandigarh Crackers’ Association, Chirag Aggarwal, said shopkeepers are already suffering low sales of firecrackers and on top of that, the UT administration is imposing such rules. “Going by the rules, a small shopkeeper will have to shut his shop and travel five kilometers to the identified site to sell crackers. It is not done. We will oppose this decision,”said Aggarwal.
Last year too, the Chandigarh administration had identified and designated sites but the officials had to succumb to the pressure of the crackers’ association. Representatives of the association had met Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher and the administration had to finally allow sale of crackers at their shops.
Till now, the traders have been selling crackers from their shops within the markets, to which the administration said it was risky for visitors and shopkeepers too.
In 2014, 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 MP Kher intervened.
For the past few years, traders in Chandigarh have been selling firecrackers in densely populated areas in Chandigarh — Sectors 7, 15, 22, 23, 26, 24 and Burial, Kajheri, Maloya and Palsora villages.
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