UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 29– In order to finalize arrangements for celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, a meeting was convened under the Chairmanship of Additional Deputy Commissioner Angrez Singh Rana at Conference hall, DC office here today.
It was decided in the meeting that Rs 3500 would be charged for installation of crackers stall at the venue for the sale of crackers which has been specified at Subash Stadium, Udhampur. The shopkeepers of the town were asked not to sell crackers at their establishments except the identified venue. It was also decided that on November 4 at 2pm draw of lots for permission of stalls at the venue would be opened. During the meeting, ACR Rajeev Magotra was made the nodal officer for Diwali festival arrangements in Udhampur. It was also decided that all the cracker stalls would be made up of GI sheets in order to avoid any untoward incident.
The various arrangements like installation of cracker stalls, security, law and order, traffic regulation, drinking water and power supply, sanitation, medicare, checking of rates and quality of eatables and deployment of fire tenders were finalized. It was decided that a joint inspection of market would be conducted by the officers of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Health, Municipality, Legal Metrology and Revenue departments to keep a check on the rates and quality of products especially sweets, eatables and fruit items during the festive days.
The ADC directed AD Fire Services to submit layout plan for installation of stalls of crackers at the venue to the ADC office. He further asked prominent citizens to use low decibel crackers to minimize noise pollution.
Special stress was given on cleanliness of the town, ban on use of polythene at the venue and in the market and security arrangements by deploying adequate number of police personnel during the festival days for smooth celebration of festival. No sale of synthetic Khoa, uncovered sweet items and crackers in the market should be allowed during festive days, he added.
Among others, CMO Dr Chander Prakash, DSP Gaurav Mahajan, CEO Municipality K K Chalotra, AC LMD J S Sambyal, AD CAPD Joginder Singh, AD Fire services PK Bhatt, Tehsildar Mrs Sapna Kotwal, representative of Sports council , President Karyana Association, President Halwai Association, member Fruit association and prominent citizens of the district were also present in the meeting.