Chennai, Jan 20( BPNS)
The Tamil Nadu government is for taking strong measures to ensure safety in fireworks factories in Sivakasi and other areas of the state. This is following the three deaths on Thursday in two separate accidents. More than 11 people are critically injured in the two fire mishaps at Sivakasi with most of than 70%.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister have already announced a solatium of Rs 3 lakhs to the families of the dead and an amount of Rs 50,000 to the injured.
The Chief Minister’s office have directed the Virudhunagar district collector and district superintendent of police to ensure that the fire units are working properly and that mishaps are not taking place.
Sources in the Virudhunagar district administration told BPNS that there will be a thorough investigation by the district authorities in each of the more than 3000 fireworks units in the district. It may be noted that Sivakasi which falls in Virudhunagar district is the fireworks capital of India with most of the fireworks across the country being transported from this small town.
Its to be noted that the Sivakasi fireworks industry has an annual turnover of Rs 6000 crore and the government is keen that with such a huge revenue, the industry must be able to ensure security aspects at a higher level thus preventing any further explosions while mixing during making the firecrackers.
L.R. Subramanian, owner of a fireworks unit in Sivakasi while speaking to BPNS said, “ The recent accidents are really tragic and unfortunate. Of course, sometimes people are a bit careless leading to such major fire accidents. Monthly monitoring by the district fire and safety department is important to ensure that all security parameters are maintained in the fireworks units.”
Sources in the Virudhunagar district administration told BPNS that the government does not want any further such accidents and to ensure that the huge money-spinning industry is secure and safe.