Admn tightens noose around illegal cracker units, 5 served notice - ECAS Punjab

Admn tightens noose around illegal cracker units, 5 served notice

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Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Batala, November 1

The Gurdaspur administration has tightened the noose around illegal firecracker manufacturing units to ensure that September 4, 2019 blast incident, which claimed 28 lives, does not happen again.

Shos to keep vigil

Ahead of Diwali, SHOs of Batala city, Civil Lines and Sekhwan have been ordered to keep a hawk's eye. If anything untoward happens, they will be held responsible. - Parvinder Kaur, DSP(city)

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ishfaq has formed a high-level committee under the stewardship of Dr Satnam Singh Nijjar, chairman, Gurdaspur Planning Board, to check the scourge of such units coming up in the city and its vicinity. The committee comprises officials of the pollution, police, labour and town planning departments.

Nijjar submitted his preliminary report to the DC in which he has pointed out that five large-scale factories were still operating without following norms. The administration has now issued notices to them. Sources say the norms are so strict that these units will never be able to fulfil them following which they will be asked to shut down.

"I will get these factories closed if they fail to put in place adequate safety measures. The Nijjar committee has also identified some shops selling firecrackers without licences. These too face closure. The memory of last year's incident is too fresh in our minds to be forgotten," said the DC.

DSP (City) Parvinder Kaur has got written assurances from all three police stations that fall in the city that no illegal unit will be allowed to operate. "Ahead of Diwali, SHOs of Batala city, Civil Lines and Sekhwan have been ordered to keep a hawk's eye. If anything untoward happens, they will be held responsible," she said.

Residents, however, are not pleased. They claim that the town is sitting on a virtual powder keg with scores of unauthorised factories still operating.



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