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Gelatin sticks

Date: 31 March 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws

Issue

A major controversy erupted in Maharashtra when gelatin sticks were discovered in a vehicle parked outside Antilla.

 

Details

Gelatin is one of the cheapest explosive materials used by industries for mining and construction work. They have to be used with a detonator.

 

Control of gelatin

  • The manufacture is controlled by Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO). Only licensed manufacturers can make gelatin sticks. 

  • PESO has been the agency for controlling safety of hazardous substances such as explosives, compressed gas and petroleum. These substances also include gelatin sticks.

  • The PESO works under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and functions under the control of the Explosive Act 1884 and Explosives Rules 2008 etc.

 

Tracking gelatin

  • Every box containing gelatin sticks are bar coded and there is full information about its sale until the final point.

  • However, individual gelatin sticks are not bar coded. The government recently announced rules for bar coding individual sticks.

  • Licensed companies who buy gelatin in bulk may not completely use all the gelatin sticks they buy, and may sell it later in the black market.

  • In black market, customers such as small time contractors and private individuals may buy gelatin to dig wells or construction work.

  • Police are required to identify all explosive materials bought in the city used in construction work and ensure it is accounted for.

  • The buyer and the seller should maintain records of the explosives and government authorities need to check them regularly.

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