Traditionally, Diwali is the festival of lights, however, it has become a festival of firecrackers. The amount of crackers used during this festival is unimaginable and several accidents have taken place because of it. However, in Bangalore, BBMP has shortlisted 70 grounds where temporary firecracker shops will be set up as a safety measure.
Bangalore: BBMP To Set Up 426 Firecracker Shops
In Bangalore, the local administration has designated 70 grounds for the temporary set up of 426 firecracker shops. The Bangalore police commissioner’s office has received the list of designated grounds and the quantity of shops from the Bengaluru Municipal Corporation (BBMP).
In order to avert any accidents and guarantee a safe Diwali for everyone, the local council has also released safety recommendations about the storage, sale, and lighting of firecrackers. With the assistance of fire and emergency services, the Bangalore Police will inspect all of the designated sites and verify the safety protocols.
Police will examine the applications from anyone willing to start firecracker stores when the security check is complete. The action was taken in response to the significant fire accident in October at a firecracker warehouse in Attibele. A recent government inspection revealed that several firecracker retailers were not adhering to the rules.
According to the BBMP list, there might be 101 stores on 23 playgrounds in the city’s east zone, 87 shops in the south zone, and only six shops on three grounds in the Bommanahalli zone.
Only green crackers shall be sold or used, according to a statement made by Karnataka Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister. Regular firecrackers are prohibited at all times throughout the state, including during political gatherings, marches, processions, religious ceremonies, and weddings. If someone is found to be breaking the rules, they will face legal consequences.
Illegal Firecrackers Were Seized!
As per The Times Of India report, 52 tonnes of firecrackers that were unlawfully kept in godowns throughout the city. They had been seized by the district administration of Bengaluru. This seizure takes place against the backdrop of a crackdown against unlicensed firecracker vendors that was mandated in the wake of Attibele fire catastrophe.
According to Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner, various teams have been sent out to investigate and prosecute dishonest vendors. Specifically, along the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border close to Hosur. Some 40 stores were open during the holiday season with temporary licences. These stores typically see increased foot traffic since they provide huge fireworks discounts. However, authorities claimed that a number of these establishments had begun stocking them without receiving the required permissions, endangering everyone.
A total of 37 stores in the Anekal subdivision have cases filed against them for different infractions. Over the past ten days, police and revenue officers have raided 28 stores and six godowns for unlawfully stocking crackers.
Additionally, they have seized 27 trucks that were carrying crackers.
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