Sonitpur district administration imposes restrictions on sale and use of crackers
Anticipating breach of peace and deterioration of law-and-order situation in the district during Diwali festival by anti-social elements
TEZPUR: Anticipating breach of peace and deterioration of law-and-order situation in the district during Diwali festival by anti-social elements, and also increase in sound pollution in the district, Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate Bhupesh Chandra Das under provisions of Section 144 Cr.P.C. has prohibited the bursting of sound-producing crackers during Diwali, restricting the time of bursting firecrackers to only two hours between 8pm and 10pm.
Citing an order by the Supreme Court of India, the district administration has also banned the manufacture/ sale and use of fire crackers other than green crackers and firecrackers that generated noise level exceeding 125 decibel (A1) or 145 decibel (c) pk at 4 meters distance from the point of bursting.
Use of fire crackers at any time in the silence zones as declared by competent authority i.e., area comprising not less any 100 m around hospitals, educational institutes, court, has also been prohibited. Moreover, sale of fire-crackers on the side of public roads (both in town and rural area) except the designated areas by concerned competent authority, has been banned.
In addition, the district administration has also imposed various restrictions for sale and storage of firecrackers meant for sale. Wholesalers will be required to obtain separate permission for retail sale and only valid retail license holders will be able to purchase firecrackers from wholesalers. All wholesalers will be required to maintain a register of licence holders who purchased crackers from them. All firecrackers shall be kept in a shed made of non-inflammable materials, which is closed, secured and inaccessible to unauthorized persons.
No oil burning lamps, gas lamps or naked lights shall be used in and around the shed. The order shall come into effect from November 4, 2021 and will remain in force until further order. Any violation of this order shall be punishable under provision of Section 188 IPC.