Ludhiana: A tragedy at the wholesale cracker market is in waiting as the department concerned has failed to take measures to check compliance of fire safety norms at the area near grain market at Jalandhar Bypass.
Nearly 64 shops at the market cater to retailers across Ludhiana.
Even as the authorities have strictly directed the shopkeepers at the wholesale cracker market to put all measures in place, the traders continue to put on ignorance in absence of inspections.
The prescribed measures by the fire wing mandate that each stall should have 200-litre water tank, four sand buckets and two fire extinguishers, but most of the shops, though have kept water tanks, have failed to fill them with water, let alone keeping sand buckets and fire extinguishers.
Also, a huge pile of crackers is lying right in the centre of the market which could result in a disaster if any spark is there.
Besides, though the Explosives Act, 2008, prohibits possession and sale of foreign-made explosives, many number of Chinese crackers are seen in the whole sale markets. Due to high potassium chlorinate content in them, the Chinese crackers, though are cheaper but hazardous.
Also, no sign of ‘No Smoking’ has been put up at the market. As a result, visitors can be spotted smoking right next to fire-crackers that gives an open invitation to a mishap.
Additional divisional fire officer Bhupinder Singh claimed, “We have not inspected anything as there is no direction regarding this issue”. However, authorities concerned have failed to take prior steps to take up this issue.
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