Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thousands of Chinese lanterns cover city sky despite ban

Ahmedabad: Thousands of Chinese lanterns released by residents of the city rose one after another on Uttarayan (January 14) after sunset despite the police ban on tukkals. The lanterns that rose on air heated by flickering wicks made a pretty sight but not for the city police who were entrusted with the task of enforcing the ban. The men in khaki not only seized 7,600 lanterns from traders -nearly half of them from a trader in Paldi -but also arrested 23 people for violating the ban on sale or use of Chinese lanterns.
On Friday evening, too, city police were seen announcing from official vehicles in areas such as Vadaj and Ashram Road, not to fly lanterns if they did not want to face the consequences.
Grass catches fire at airport Two minor incidents of grass catching fire occurred near the boundary of the city airport late on Thursday night.Sources said Chinese tukkals fell inside the operations area of airport near the boundary setting grass on fire. In both cases, however, the fires were small and contained within a few minutes.
"Tukkals pose danger to aircraft, especially when they are landing or takeing off. We had deployed extra men around the runway to collect fallen kites and tukkals. Due to the alertness of ATC, even a small fire was detected and put out," said an official of Airports Authority of India (AAI) .There were no significant delays in flight operations due to the tukkals on Thursday evening. Flights continued to be normal.
16/01/16 Times of India
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