Along With Sites, Chandigarh Admn Slashes Licence Count For Crackers Traders

Checking all the safety measures this Diwali, Chandigarh UT administration is on the high-end to minimize the smoke level and ensure a cracker-free Diwali for everyone. After allocating the sites to sell the crackers, licences for selling crackers have also been declared by the governing body.

Only 96 traders got the license, leaving behind resentment among those left out. The remaining traders will have to manage their stock in advance. 

Previously, 300 licences were allotted, which were restricted following to the Punjab and Haryana high court’s decision on restricting the bursting and selling of crackers.

New License Issue

  • Fresh Licences were assigned via draw of lots under the authority of UT commissioner (DC) Ajit Balaji Joshi at his premise in Sector 17.
  • Validity of license is only for three days — October 17 to 19 
  • The sites for sale of crackers are also cut down to 9 from 17.
  • In Mohali, administration received 132 applications and assigned only 14 licenses for the sale of crackers.
  • Four licenses were to be allotted in Lalru, only one application comes into the authority. While Nayagaon witness no application.
  • In Panchkula, 13 traders got the permission and will set up their shops at Hafed ground in Sector 5.
  • Overall, 10 places have been listed by the administration for the sale of crackers.
  • Outside Mohali city, the setup of the city will be arranged at Dera Bassi, Baltana, Zirakpur, and Banur.


With the restricted license and sites numbers, traders are in a state of worry. They will have to face the unexpected losses. Shockingly, it comes as a surprise that none of the governing body members couldn’t make it to the draw. However, these restrictions can be a “air changer” for the city people.


Source: HT