Chandigarh: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during his Budget speech in Parliament praised Chandigarh of being declared as kerosene-free city, but his claim is far from reality. The usage of kerosene in the city is still rampant which has more or less gone unabated.
Jaitley seems to know a little that practically the kerosene-free concept of the UT Administration goes up in flames as the sale and usage of kerosene goes unabated across the city. The reality checks made by Daily Post reveal that roadside vendors have been buying and using kerosene on regular basis.
The UT Administration had announced that Chandigarh is declared as kerosene-free city from April 1, 2016. In past 10 months, the city has been using kerosene freely which the Administration has failed to check.
Daily Post has discovered that roadside tea vendors, eateries and small-time soup and noodle vendors have been using kerosene stoves for cooking.
The most prone is the Sector 17 where tea and pakora vendors at various markets, especially around the office buildings, have been using the banned product freely.
Ram Bhajan, a tea-cum-pakora vendor, said, “Kya karen babuji, sarkar ne matti ka tel ban kar diya hai aur bechne walon ne rate bada diya. Ajj ab 850 rupaye ki kainee mil rahe hai 10 litre ki. (What can we do, the Administration has banned kerosene and sellers have raised the price to Rs 850 per 10-litre jerry can.)”
Such vendors can be seen in every nook and corner of the markets as well as on the corners of the office buildings. One of such vendors was spotted under the DC office building selling tea by using kerosene stove.
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