The UT advisor will decide if firecrackers will be allowed this Diwali
Chandigarh advisor Dharam Pal will take a call on Tuesday to find out whether firecrackers would be allowed on this Diwali or not. In the meantime, the Cracker Dealers Association (CDA) has also met with the Deputy Commissioner. The decision will be made given the third wave of Covid.
Sources said Pal will hold a meeting with other UT administration officers, including the Home Secretary and Deputy Commissioner, to discuss whether firecrackers will be banned completely or allowed within two. time. The delegation said it had met the deputy commissioner “amid clouds of uncertainty over the future of fireworks businesses in Chandigarh”.
“In the absence of clear guidelines, the cracker trade has gone through the worst phase. Also last year, the administration banned the selling and breaking of crackers in UT as neighboring states of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh smashed crackers without any hindrance from their side. local governments, ”said CDA President Davinder Gupta.
Gupta added, “The association approached the district magistrate to make a decision in good time so that the traders do not suffer. By 2020, the administration had earned nearly 10 lakhs from traders through the issuance of cracker licenses, which were later withdrawn by them. The hard-earned money of nearly 1,650 traders has been erupted in the name of license fees. This year, the CDA asked the administration that UT follow the same protocol as its neighboring states.
The CDA plans to organize a dharna in front of the district magistrate’s office if a decision is not taken by the administration in the coming week.
The UT administration, however, will also discuss the need to implement Covid-19 protocols over the next three months. Teams will be formed to make sure people wear masks.