Sale of crackers will not be allowed anywhere in Patiala
Patiala will not have any sale of fire crackers this Diwali as the district administration is not issuing temporary licences.
“Sale of crackers will not be allowed anywhere in the city as authorities are not going to issue any temporary licence to traders for this,” deputy commissioner Kumar Amit said.
He added, “The decision has been taken on the basis of the orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court issued in 2017. The order had said that the number of temporary licences issued for sale of firecrackers shall not exceed 20% of the number issued in the previous year.”
“We have set 2016 as the base year as per court orders. Then, only one temporary license was issued for the sale of crackers during Diwali that year. So, we have no provision to issue any licence this year,” he said.
“We are not going to allow a public market meant for sale of crackers at the Polo Ground. People will be allowed to burn crackers between 8-10pm on Diwali. People might get crackers from outside the district,” the DC went to add.
Additional deputy commissioner Showkat Ahmad Parray said, “People selling crackers will be booked under relevant sections of the IPC.”