Cracker shops and godowns under scanner
Jamshedpur: With Supreme Court imposing timing restrictions on burning firecrackers on Diwali, the East Singhbhum district administration has decided to take extra fire safety measures this Diwali at the cracker shops in Jugsalai, the main business hub in the steel city.
An official said they have decided to send fire safety inspection team comprising an executive magistrate and fire safety experts to carry survey.
” As per the plans the fire safety inspection team will visit all the licensed cracker shops at Jugsalai and their godowns at Bhilaipahadi along the NH-33 where they would see if the safety measures followed by the management of cracker shop owners were adequate enough for curbing any mishap,” he said.
The administration team will visit those licensed whole-sellers’ office-cum-godown and will check whether they have the fire-extinguishers, stock of sand-bags, water storage at the premises where they use to sell crackers in Jugsalai.
According to information, the cracker shops are found in the lanes and by-lanes and an unique example is the Naya Bazaar lane and Goushala Road. No tanker can reach such congested lanes. The situation is similar in several areas of Parsudih, Burmamines, Sakchi and Mango.
Another guideline says that there should be a minimum distance of at least three metres between two shops selling fire crackers. Then there are minor precautions like keeping a fire extinguisher, sandbags, enough water storage and not to extend the shop boundaries. but all these were hardly visible. The shops are full with crackers without any fire extinguishers.
According to district administration officials the police have been asked to keep an eye in the Jugsalai area for, it is the most vulnerable zone as far illegal transaction of fire crackers are concerned.
“Jugsalai for years has been the center for dubious dealings of fire crackers and by rough estimates transaction worth crores of rupees takes place every year in the that particular pocket,” informed a senior vigilance official.
“The Supreme Court’s guidelines bar firecrackers that are louder, but the rules will once again be flouted this year. Firecrackers like sutli bombs and ‘atom’ bombs have decibel levels that are illegal,” said Prakash Sharma of the Gulmohar Foundation, which has been campaigning for less noise pollution.
Crackers are an inseparable part of Diwali celebrations. But if used without caution, they can darken many lives during the festival of lights. Blatant violation of safety regulations by cracker vendors in the city is a matter of concerns these days.