Port Blair, Sep 20: Keeping in view the forthcoming festive seasons starting from the month of October and in view of the constraints, safety aspects, cleanliness of business premises and also to prevent import and sale of banned fireworks, the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman held a meeting with all the stakeholders for retails sale of crackers.
The representatives of the Andaman and Nicobar Chamber of Commerce and Industries have been directed to coordinate and submit the list of shopkeepers willing to allotment of temporary stalls. As per space availability and past precedence, it was decided that 50 stalls at ITF ground and 20 stalls at the Bathubasti area may be allowed to operate on receipt of a fire clearance certificate from the Fire Service Department.
The sale of crackers will be done from ITF Stall and Bathubasti area from 20.10.2022 to 22.10.2022 and from 23.10.2022 to 24.10.2022 between 1000 hrs to 2100 hrs.
The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman further advised the dealer community to ensure and promote the storage and sale of green firecrackers as per the National Green Tribunal (NGT) guidelines and advised strict adherence to the licensing capacity for storage of firecrackers and to prevent illegal/unauthorized import and sale of foreign origin fireworks during the festive season and also to prevent import and sale of banned fireworks. On receipt of reports regarding any deviation, strict action shall be initiated against them under the Explosive Rules, 2008.