The Mumbai police recently issued an order prohibiting citizens from lighting firecrackers on the periphery of petroleum plants or oil refineries in the city during Diwali. They have also imposed a ban on the sale and display of firecrackers in public places across the city without a valid licence.
According to the order signed by deputy commissioner of police Anand Mandya, a copy of which is with DNA, no person shall set off any firecracker, or display fireworks, or send rockets up from any place within a distance of 500 metres from the circumference of buffer zones of bottling plants, BPCL and HPCL refineries, Mahul Terminal area, BPCL BDU plant area, HPCL BDU plant area and the Special Oil Refinery.
“The order has been issued in order to prevent obstruction, inconvenience, annoyance, danger or damage to public. We have also imposed restrictions on the possession or display of firecrackers in public places across the city for the purpose of sale without a licence granted by the police and state government,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
The said orders will be in force till November 16 this year, the officer said.