Police get poor response to cracker sitesí allotment


The police on Monday got a poor response to the allotment of cracker shops at various locations for retail sale of crackers. The allotment was done through draw of lots by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) S Boopathi.

Against a total of 40 shops at Dugri, only 21 applications had been received while for 45 shops in Sector 32, only 27 applicants had come.

For another location at Model Town Extension where 20 shops were earmarked, only 14 people applied.

Poor response was received to the sites at BRS Nagar and Hambaran Road as well, confirmed police sources. However, Pakhowal road was the only site where against 24 shops, 31 applications had been received and the remaining applicants had been adjusted in Model Town Extension, said the DCP.

The one-time fee for these shops is between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 which is to be paid to the Excise Department. The sale of crackers will be allowed till November 13 at these locations.

Enquiries, however, revealed that based on the last year's response, applications were less in number as the majority of the customers buy from the wholesale cracker locations.

Sources said the police department might try for another round so as to allot the remaining shops as well.

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