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Open House: Do authorities take appropriate safety measures to avoid mishaps at fairs?

Admn, event organisers must ensure people’s safety

Open House:  Do authorities take appropriate safety measures to avoid mishaps at fairs?

The administration must ensure that the installation of the equipment is as per the relevant guidelines. File photo

Ensure adequate safety measures

The authorities tend to remain in deep slumber until and unless some untoward incidents occurs, like what happened recently in Mohali. Throughout the state many fairs and carnivals are in full swing, but the authorities do not bother to check the safety measures in place. The organisers of such fairs and carnivals are well aware that there is no check on safety measures by the authorities. The authorities can still adopt appropriate safety measures to avoid such mishaps in future by making a safety certificate mandatory for the organisers of fairs and carnivals, which should be issued by the authorities only after a thorough review of safety measures by a team of experts. Organisers without a certificate should not be permitted to hold fairs and carnivals. Strict action should be taken against the violators.

Sanjay Chawla


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Rope in other depts for inspection

Numerous state and Centre-level departments have been established to ensure the regular checking of business establishments for the implementation of a different set of rules. To check the weighing scales, adulteration in food items, and so on, various departments function. A Fire and Safety Department should regularly check installation of power in every business establishment as cases of fire breaking out are regularly reported. This department should be given an additional charge of inspection of high-rise spinning swings and other such mechanically operated equipment at carnivals, etc.

SH Naresh Johar

Ensure regular review of rides

The video of a high-rise spinning swing falling from a height of about 50 feet and injuring the occupants in Mohali was shocking to watch. More vigil by authorities is required on fairs and carnivals like these so that such mishaps can be prevented. The rides at these events must be reviewed by officials on a regular basis. Any fault must be checked and fixed in a given time frame by the organisers or the ride owners. If they fail to adhere to these rules, their licence must be revoked.

Jatinderpal Singh Batth

Responsibility should be fixed

The crashing of a giant swing at Mohali is an unfortunate incident in which many riders were injured. Enjoyment turned into a nightmare, when people on the ride fell to the ground in few seconds as is seen in the viral video. Now comes the question as to who is culpable for the incident? A similar incident had happened in Amritsar at a Dusshera festival a few years ago when a train mowed down 61 persons at the place of event. As per my understanding, both the authorities and event organisers are responsible. The event organisers are required to obtain a license and permission from authorities for the fitness of the machinery, stable state of mind and good health of the persons employed, security of public in general, pollution among other. In most of the cases such permissions are granted by taking bribes or free passes. No authority has ever done the inspection of machinery to be installed at such events. In this case the Electrical Inspector and the local authorities are squarely responsible.

Ashwani Kumar Joshi

No inspection of amusement rides

It’s unfortunate that there’s scant regard for adherence to law in our country. Earlier fairs were a sort of festivals that offered people living in small towns and villages not only a chance to have some fun and entertainment, but also a source of livelihood. Stalls of games, food and other utility items evoked much interest and the event was looked forward to by the entire area. Cut to the present day, it’s more of a commercial thing where everyone is ready to make a fast buck. Ferris wheel, rollercoasters and several other amusement rides are operational non-stop throughout the fair, with little focus on their fitness and safety measures. The administration needs to have strict guidelines about the quality of the high-rise swings and merry-go-rounds in the fairs. Until the government makes it a point to ensure everyone’s safety in fairs, the people should avoid anything that doesn’t appear safe.

Dr Manveen Mann

Grant NOC after proper check-up

In the coming festive season, hundreds of carnivals would be organised. It would be impossible for the administration to keep track of every such event. The administration doesn’t have adequate manpower and technology to check the safety standards of various makeshift structures erected in these carnivals. Amusement rides are required to be operated by experts but no such system is in place to check their expertise. Proper procedure should be followed to get the NOC in order to avoid Mohali-like mishap.

Anil Vinayak

Fix responsibility to avoid such mishaps

A high-rise spinning joyride turned into a bitter nightmarish experience when a swing snapped due to some technical snag in Mohali on Sunday night and crashed down straight on earth from a height of 50 feet with 50 persons on board. But fortunately, none of them was seriously injured and no fatality was reported. No security precautions were taken, private bouncers arrived twenty minutes late and there was no provision for the first medical aid. This business was allegedly running in gross violation of the rules and regulations. While the fair was originally supposed to end on September 4, it was about to be extended till September 12, but was eventually called off after the tragedy. The responsibility for this horrifying accident must be fixed and the culprits, organisers and district officials should be strictly punished so that no such mishaps take place in future. Also, the owners should be asked to provide suitable financial compensation to those injured. The police have registered an FIR against the absconding owners for not following the safety norms. The district authorities must be vigilant when it comes to giving permission for such adventure rides in future.

Tajpreet S Kang

Deploy police personnel at venues

Punjab is a state of fairs and festivals. The people of Punjab, particularly the youth and children, are always eager attend such fairs and festivals. These high-rise spinning wheels and swings are often not properly checked by the authorities. So, people attending such festivals and fairs are vulnerable to mishaps. The Sodal Mela in Jalandhar such an enticing fair that people from different cities attend this fair. The administration was quite involved this time. All the stalls installed have been checked. Some police personnel should also be deployed at such events to keep a check on anti-social elements.

Dr JS Wadhwa

Mishaps occur for want of safeguards

While there was no loss of life, multiple persons sustained grievous injuries, when a spinning-swing recently came crashing down at a fair in Mohali. This is not the first such incident. Such mishaps have been reported earlier too. Yet we have not learnt any lesson. The recent incident has come as a reminder of the lack of proper safeguards at such temporary installations, where scientific criteria regarding gravity and other precautionary measures are not taken seriously. Generally, security lapses at such establishments lead to mishaps, which can even turn fatal. The question is- who should be held accountable in case of untoward incident? Surprisingly, the civic administration feels that its role is just limited to recovering the prescribed dues or fees while granting permission. And rest is left to the organisers. In Punjab, a number of fairs and carnivals are organised during the festive season. The event organisers booking for joyrides and fun sports have to be squarely blamed in case any fault is detected in the structures with regard to safety or disaster management. There is no solid regulatory framework to stipulate safety standards. Sans full security safeguards, no organiser should be permitted to arrange risky amusement events.

Nirmaljit Singh Chatrath

Urgent Need for regulation of joy rides

All operations relating to the management of high-rise spinning swing rides must be regulated as per standard norms, which should be strictly enforced by the relevant authorities. Such enterprises should be licensed and empaneled and only such units need to be allowed to operate in the field. An inspection should be carried out on an annual basis to review the fitness of all the equipment. Necessary permission for operations should be given only after the clearance relating to prescribed venue and other ground preparations. All carnival-goers should be adequately covered under insurance against any injury or a threat to life.

Jagdish Chander

Steer clear of technical errors

When a mishap involving a high-rise spinning wheel occurs, it is not due to a human error. It arises from a technical error. Those who manufacture these high-rise spinning swings tend to use the finest quality of material prescribed as per the guidelines, during the manufacturing process. A few years back, when a cable car had got stuck in the air, the tourists on board had to be airlifted. The need of the hour is to keep a strict check on the functioning of the equipment. The authorities should make sure that appropriate safety measures are taken. The administration must ensure that the installations of the equipment are as per the relevant guidelines.

Rajat Kumar Mohindru

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