Fireworks not allowed in any temple festival, says AP govt
The Endowments Department of Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday issued an order banning use of fireworks as part of any temple festival in the state, days after the tragic Kollam temple fire in Kerala claimed 113 lives. Revenue (Endowments) Principal Secretary J S V Prasad issued an order to this effect and directed executive officers of all temples in the state to take necessary precautionary measures with immediate effect. Prasad also directed the Endowments Commissioner to take further action in the matter. Referring to the Kollam temple fire, he said lesson must be learned from this unfortunate incident that turned a temple festival into a “tragedy of grave proportions”. “The government has noted that a competitive fireworks display which flouted rules and regulations has turned the temple festival in Kollam, Kerala, into a tragedy of grave proportions. It is necessary to draw lessons from this unfortunate incident so that such tragedies can be averted,” Prasad said in an order.