GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - The Kamrup Metro district administration and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) have set strict guidelines for retail sale of firecrackers in the city during Diwali celebrations.
As per the decision, a few specific places at major commercial locations across Guwahati have been identified for retail selling of firecrackers during the Diwali festival period for which temporary permission for retail sellers will be accorded.
Retail vendors will have to apply for NOC from the DDMA on various safety related issues like fire safety.
�There are always chances of accidents, including major fires, in any market where firecrackers are sold. The retail market all these years in Guwahati has been unregulated. We want to bring in uniformity and scientific management to ensure that no such mishaps happen,� Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro told The Assam Tribune.
The places where retail sale of firecrackers have been allowed are Old Jail Campus at Fancy Bazar, Pandu College field, Dispur College field, Bonda Bihutoli, space below Ganeshguri Flyover, space below Bhangagarh Flyover, space below Six Mile Flyover, Gitanagar field, Beltola Bazar Bihutoli, Borbari ME School field, Udayan Kisti Sangha field and Lalganesh Temple field.
No trader will be allowed to carry out retail sale of firecrackers on footpaths, roads and congested residential areas.