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  Introduction to Explosives Rules, 1983
Introduction of Explosive Rules, 1983  
Explosive Rules, 1983


Explosives Rules deal with condenced explosives like high explosives ( dynamite, detonators etc. ) fireworks, low explosives ( safety fuse etc. ) The type of explosives have been catogarised as category X,Y, Z, and ZZ and for various purposes, either licence or approval is required.
The salient feature of Explosives Rules have been stated in the “Introduction Part “. The purpose for which licences are required have been stated in ‘Licensed Premises’ and the purpose for which approval is required have been stated in ‘Approved Premises’. Licence is required for manufacture, storage, ( possession ) for sale and/or use, transport, import, export of explosives, display of fireworks or for special purpose not covered in the Rules.
The details regarding Shot Firer’s permit have been stated in ‘Licensed Premises’. Approval is required for manufacture of portable Magazine, Explosives Carrying Boxes, Authorisation of Explosives, Issue of Foreman Certificate, Acetylene Generator and BMD system.
 

Objective, definition, enforcement, exemption etc. in the Explosives Rules, 1983.  

        Objective of the Explosives Rules: The Explosives Rules,1983 were framed to regulate the manufacture, possession, sale, use, transportation, importation etc. of condensed explosives.  

Some important Definitions

  • Explosives” means gunpowder, nitrogycerine, nitroglycol, gun-cotton, di-nitro-toluene, tri-nitro-toluene, picric acid, di-nitro-phenol, tri-nitro-resorcinol (styphnic acid), cyclo-trimethylene-trinitramine, penta-erythritol-tetranitrate, tetry1, nitorguanidine, lead azide, lead styphynate, fulminate of mercury or any other metal, diazo-di-nitro-phenol, coloured fires or any other substance, whether a single chemical compound or a mixture of substances, whether solid or liquid or gaseous used or manufactured with a view to produce a practical effect by explosion or pyrotechnic effect; and includes fog-signals, fireworks, fuses, rockets, percussion caps, detonators, cartridges, ammunition of all descriptions and every adaptation or preparation of an explosive as defined in this clause; (see item d of section 4 of the Explosives Act, 1884).  

Authorised explosives:  

  • ANFO” means an explosives mixture of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil.

  • Amorces in the form of caps or tapes for toy pistol consisting of dots of explosives composition (mixture of potassium chlorate, sulpher, red phosphorous & gum) approved by the Chief Controller and in proportion not exceeding 4.5 grams of composition to every 1000  

  • Black” means gun powder containing potassium nitrate ,sulpher and charcoal  

  • Chinese Cracker” having paper shells of size not exceeding 75 mm in length and 15 mm in diameter containing gunpowder, nitrate mixture or white powder mixture or an explosive composition approved by the Chief Controller.  

  • Crackers commonly known as “Atom Bombs” made with gunpowder nitrate mixture or an explosive composition (white powder) approved by the Chief Controller, wrapped up in a paper and tied round with string the whole not exceeding 25 grams in weight, 40 mm in length and 20 mm in diameter  

  • Detonator” means a small tube of aluminium or copper or other materials approved by the Chief Controller-  

a)   One end of which is closed and the other –  

(i) Left open of the insertion of safety fuse for the purpose of initiating explosion within the tube; or  

(ii) Fitted with wires or other device for that purpose and sealed;  

b)   Which is loaded with a charge of initiating explosives,. the charge being so designed as to produce an explosion that would communicate to other tube similarly constructed and charged;  

  • Fireworks “ means coloured fires or any other substance whether a single chemical compound or a mixture of substances, whether solid or liquid or gaseous used or manufactured with a view to produce a practical effect by explosion or pyrotechnic effect; and includes fog-signals,  quick fuses  

  • Liquid Oxygen Explosives (LOX)” means an absorbent carbonaceous material such as wood pulp. carbon black, metal powder, coal dust etc. impregnated with liquid air or liquid oxygen with or without the addition of other substances  

  • "Magazine” means a building specially constructed in accordance with a design approved by the Chief Controller and intended for storage of more than 5 kg of explosives. Refer: -Specification no. 6 of Schedule VII  

  • Maroons” containing an explosive composition (white powder) in paper tube having diameter not more than of 25mm and length not more than 100mm and  weight as may be approved by the Chief Controller.  

  • "Protected works” includes –  

(a) Buildings in which persons dwell, work or assemble, college school, hospital, theatre, cinema house, factory, place of storage of hazardous substances;

(b) Any public road or railway line or navigable waterways or dams and reservoirs;  

c)  Overhead trunk high-tension power lines; but does not include footpath, cart tracks not in regular use, agricultural wells and pump sets connected there

  • Rocket” of size not exceeding 76 mm in length and 25.4 mm in diameter provided it is not a metal case and fitted wooden stick containing gun powder as propellant  

  • "Safety cartridge” means a cartridge for small arms having a diameter not exceeding 2.5 cm the case of which can be extracted for the small-arms after firing and which is so closed as to prevent any explosion in one cartridge being communicated to other cartridges  

  • Safety fuse” means a fuse for igniting charges of other explosives which burn and does not explode and which does not contain its own means of ignition, and which is of such strength and construction and contains an explosives in such quantity that the burning of such fuse would not communicate laterally with other like fuse

  • Sparklers” (including Electric Sparklers) each consisting of wire having affixed thereto a mixture of nitrate of barium, aluminium powder, magnesium powder, iron filings, dextrin and gum, the total weight of composition so fixed to each such wire not to exceed 22 grams provided that such sparklers shall be so constructed as not to allow any hot residue to become detached either during, or after combustion

  • Store house” means a building other than a magazine for storage of certain types of explosives Example:- fireworks, sparklers, safety fuse. Refer: -Specification no. 7 of Schedule VII  

  • White powder mixture” means  an explosives mixture of barium nitrate, potassium nitrate, sulpher, aluminium powder or aluminium chips, alloy chips etc  

For detailed definitions of more other terms, please see rule 2 of the Explosives Rules,1983 and the list of authorised explosives annexed to the said Rules.  

Catagorisation of Explosives (see rule 4)  

  1. Explosives are divided into four categories according to the risks which they present when initiated, namely –  

    1. Category X – Those explosives, which have a fire or a slight explosion risk or both but the effect of which will be local. Example: -fireworks, sparklers etc  

    2. Category Y – Those explosives, which have a mass fire risk or a moderate explosion risk, but not the risk of mass explosion. Example: -Igniter cord, safety electric fuses, safety fuse, fuse head etc

    3. Category Z – Those explosives, which have a mass explosion risk and major missile, effect. Example: Explosives of service origin like hand grenade etc.  

    4. Category ZZ – Those explosives, which have a mass explosion risk and minor missile effect. Example:-High Explosives, aquablast, apex gel, godyne,gelatine-90%, detonator, detonating fuse etc.

  2. If any question arises as to whether any explosives belongs to Category X, Category Y, Category Z or Category ZZ, the matter shall be referred to the Chief Controller whose decision shall be final.  

The safety distance depends on the catagory of explosives. In this connection please see table of safety distances mentioned in the Schedule VIII to the Explosives Rules,1983. The explosives are also categorised by UN No.  

Classes of Explosives
(See Rule 3and Schedule I of the Explosives Rules,1983)  

Explosives are divided into 8 classes as follows:  

Class 1

Gunpowder  

Class 2

Nitrate-mixture  

Class 3

Nitro-compound  

Class 4

Chlorate-mixture  

Class 5

Fulminate  

Class 6

Ammunition  

Class 7

Fireworks  

Class 8

Liquid Oxygen Explosives

Class 1 – Gunpowder Class  

“Gunpowder” means gunpowder ordinarily so called.  

Class 2 – Nitrate Mixture Class

“Nitrate-mixture” means any preparation, other than gunpowder which is formed by the mechanical mixture of a nitrate with any form of carbon or with any carbonaceous substance not possessed of explosives properties, whether Sulphur be or be not added to such preparation, and whether such preparation be or be not mechanically mixed with any other non-explosive substance, and includes any explosive containing a perchlorate and not being a chlorate-mixture, fulminate or nitro-compound as defined in this Schedule.

Class 3- Nitro-compound Class

  1.  “Nitro-compound” means any chemical compound which is possessed of explosive properties or is capable of combining with metals to  from an explosive compound, and is produced by the chemical action of nitric acid (whether mixed or not, with sulphuric acid), or of a nitrate mixed with sulphuric acid, upon any carbonaceous substance, whether such compound is mechanically mixed with other substances or not.  

  2. The Nitro-compounds further divided into two divisions namely Division 1 and Division 2.  

  3. Division 1, comprising any chemical compound or mechanically mixed preparation which consists, either wholly or partly, of nitro-glycerine or some other liquied nitro-compound that is such explosives as Ballistite, Blasting Gelatine, Cordite, Dynamite, Gelatine Dynamite, Gelignite, etc.  

  4. Division 2 comprising any nitro-compound, which is not comprised in Division 1 that is explosives such as Ammonal, E.C. Sporting Powder, gun-cotton, Picric Acid, Smokeless Dimond, Trinitro-toluol (T.N.T.)_ etc.  

Class 4—Chlorate mixture Class  

  1. “Chlorate-mixture” means any explosive containing a chlorate.  

  2. Chlorate-mixture class has 2 divisions namely Division 1 and Division 2.  

  3. Division 1, comprising any chlorate preparation which consists partly of nitro-glycerine or of some other liquid nitro-compound.  

  4. Division 2, comprising any chlorate mixture which is not comprised in Division 1.  

Class 5 –Fulminate Class  

  1. “Fulminate” means any chemical compound or mechanical mixture whatever, which from its great susceptibility to detonation, is suitable for employment in percussion-caps or any other appliances for developing detonation, or which, from its extreme sensibility to explosion, and from its great instability (that is to say, readiness to undergo decomposition from very slight exciting causes), is specially dangerous.  

  2. The Fulminate class consists of two divisions namely division 1 and division 2.  

  3. Division 1 comprising such compounds as the Fulminate of sliver and of mercury, and preparations of those substances such as are used in percussion caps, and any preparation consisting of a mixture of chlorate with phosphorus, or certain descriptions of compounds of phosphorous, with or without the addition of carbonaceous matter, and any preparation consisting of a mixture of a chlorate with sulphur or with sulphuret, with or without carbonaceous matter.  

  4. Division 2 comprises such substances as the chloride and the Iodide of Nitrogen, Fulminating Gold and Silver, Diazobenol and the Nitrate of Diazobenzol, Lead Azide and Tetrazine.  

Class 6—Ammunition Class  

  1. “Ammunition” means an explosive of any of the foregoing classes when the same is enclosed in any case or contrivance, or is otherwise adapted or prepared so as to form: (a) a cartridge or charge for small arms, cannon or any other weapon, or (b) a safety or other fuse for blasting or for shells, or (c) a tube for firing explosive, or (d) a percussion cap, detonator, fog signal, shell, torpedo, war rocket or any other contrivance other than a firework.  

  2. The ammunition class has three divisions, namely Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3.  

  3. Division 1 comprises exclusively of (I) Safety cartridges (ii) Safety fuses for blasting (iii) Railway for signal and (iv) Percussion caps.

  4. Division 2 comprises any ammunition which does not contain its own means of ignition and is not included in Division 1, such as cartridges for small arms other than safety cartridge, cartridges and charges for cannon shells and torpedoes containing any explosives, tubes for firing explosives, and war rocket, which do not contain their own means of ignition.  

  5. Division 3 comprises any ammunition which contains its own means of ignition and is not included in Division 1, such as detonators, fuses for blasting which are not safety fuses, tubes for firing explosives, containing their own means of ignition.  

Note: The expression “ammunition containing its own means of ignition” means ammunition having an arrangement, whether attached to or forming part of the ammunition which is adapted to explode or fire the ammunition by friction or percussion “Percussion cap” does not include a detonator.  

Class 7—Fireworks Class  

  1. Fireworks Class has four divisions, namely, Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Division 4.  

  2. Division 1 comprises fireworks composition that is to say, any chemical compound or mechanically mixed preparation of an explosive of inflammable nature, which is used for the purpose of making manufactured firework, and is not an explosive of classes 1,2,3,4,5 & 6, any star and any coloured fire composition:  

    Provided that a substantially constructed hermetically closed metal case, containing not more than 500 gms of coloured fire composition of such a nature, as not to be liable to spontaneous ignition shall be deemed to be “a manufactured firework” and not a “firework composition”.  

  3. Division 2 fireworks comprises manufactured fireworks i.e. to say any explosive of class 1,2,3,4 or 6 and any fireworks composition when such explosive or composition is enclosed in any case or contrivance or other articles specially adapted, for the production of pyrotechnic effect for pyrotechnic signal or sound signals.  

  4. Division 2 fireworks comprises 3 sub-divisions, namely, Sub-division 1, Sub-division 2 and Sub-division 3.  

  5. Sub-division 1 of Division 2 fireworks comprises low hazard fireworks which, in the opinion of Chief Controller  are relatively innocuous in themselves and are not liable to explode violently or all at once e.g. sparklers [ chinese crackers, serpents, etc.]20    

  6. Sub-division 2 of Division 2 of fireworks comprises high hazard fireworks which, in the opinion of Chief Controller, present a special hazard to a person e.g. rockets, shells, maroons, wheels, barrages, fountains, illumination pieces, distress signals etc.  

  7. Sub-division 3 of Division 2 fireworks comprises such fireworks, which are assembled at site purely for the purpose of display.  

  8. Division 3 comprises any explosive contrivance required for the manufacture of manufactured fireworks e.g. quick match fuse etc.  

  9. Division 4 comprises manufactured fireworks for use of Armed Forces of the Union.  

Class 8—Liquid Oxygen Explosives Class  

“Liquid Oxygen explosives” means an absorbent carbonaceous material such as wood pulp. carbon black, metal powder, coal dust etc. impregnated with liquid air or liquid oxygen with or without the addition of other substances  

Enforcement

Department of Explosives enforces manufacture, possession, sale, use, transportation, importation, handling etc. of authorised explosives.  

Exemption

Explosives Rules 1983 is not applicable for Defence, Railways and Para Military Forces.

Forms of Licensing/Approving/Renewing/Amending Authority (See Rule 155 & schedule IV)  

Licensing Authority:  
 

Form of Licence

Purpose for which granted  

Authority empowered to grant  

Form 20

To manufacture explosives other than fireworks- Gunpowder, ANFO at site and Liquid Oxygen explosives  

Chief Controller  

Form 20

1[To manufacture fireworks and/or gunpowder

(i)  up to 15 kgs.

(ii) more than 15 kgs. and up to 200 kgs.  

District Authority

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller]

Form 20

To manufacture Fireworks and/or Gunpowder more than 200 kgs. at time.  

Chief Controller  

Form 38

To manufacture ANFO explosives at site.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller

Form 39

To manufacture liquid oxygen explosives.  

Chief Controller  

Form 21

To possess explosives for sale and not exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

Form 21

To possess explosives for sale  exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 and any quantity of Class 5,6 and 8.  

Chief Controller  

Form 22

To possess explosives for use  not exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

Form 22

To possess explosives for use  exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 and any quantity of Class 5,6, and 8.  

Chief Controller  

Form 24

2[To possess and sell from a shop small-arms nitro-compound not exceeding 25 kgs. or fireworks not exceeding 100 kgs. of Class 7 Division 2 sub-division 2, 1000 kgs. of Class 7 Division 2 sub-division 1, or gunpowder not exceeding 25 kgs. safety fuse not exceeding 5000 metres.]  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

 

3[To possess and sell from a shop fireworks not exceeding 50 kgs. of Class 7, Division 2, sub-division 2; 400 kgs. of Class 7, Division 2, sub-division 1 or gunpowder not exceeding 15 kgs. and safety fuse not exceeding 5000 metres.]  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for own use Class 2 and/or Class 3 explosives not exceeding 5 kgs., electric or ordinary detonators not exceeding 10 numbers and safety fuse not exceeding 200 metres.  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for use small-arms nitro-compound not exceeding 5 kgs. in the State of Kerala.  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for use gunpowder not exceeding 5 kgs. and safety fuse not exceeding 50 metres in the State of Bihar, Kerala and West Bengal.  

District Authority  

Form 27

To import explosives.  

Chief Controller

Form 28

To export explosives.  

Chief Controller  

Form 26

To transport explosives  

Controller of Explosives  

Form 25

For road van  

Controller authorised  

Form 29

For public display of Fireworks.  

Control by Chief Controller 

Special Form

To manufacture explosives not provided in Ariticle 1  

Chief Controller  

       Approvals :

Purpose

Approving Authority

Approval of Portable Magazine  

Chief Controller of Explosives

Approval of Explosives Carrying Box

Chief Controller of Explosives

Authorisation of Explosives  

Chief Controller of Explosives

Issue of foreman certificate  

Controller of Explosives,   

Approval of acetylene generator  

Chief Controller of Explosives,   

Approval of BMD System

Chief Controller of Explosives

Renewing Authority:

Form of Licence

Purpose for which granted  

Authority empowered to grant  

Form 20

To manufacture explosives other than fireworks- Gunpowder, ANFO at site and Liquid Oxygen explosives  

Controller  

Form 20

1[To manufacture fireworks and/or gunpowder

(i)  up to 15 kgs.

(ii) more than 15 kgs. and up to 200 kgs.  

District Authority

Controller of Explosives, authorised by Chief Controller.]  

Form 20

To manufacture Fireworks and/or Gunpowder more than 200 kgs. at time.  

Controller 

Form 38

To manufacture ANFO explosives at site.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller

Form 39

To manufacture liquid oxygen explosives

Controller  

Form 21

To possess for sale explosives and exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

Form 21

To possess for sale explosives exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 and any quantity of Class 5,6 and 8.  

Controller  

Form 22

To possess for use explosives not exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller

Amending Authority:  

Form of Licence

Purpose for which granted  

Authority empowered to amend  

Form 20

To manufacture explosives other than fireworks- Gunpowder, ANFO at site and Liquid Oxygen explosives  

Chief Controller  

Form 20

1[To manufacture fireworks and/or gunpowder

(i)  up to 15 kgs.

(ii) more than 15 kgs. and up to 200 kgs.  

District Authority

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller]

Form 20

To manufacture Fireworks and/or Gunpowder more than 200 kgs. at time.  

Chief Controller  

Form 38

To manufacture ANFO explosives at site.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller

Form 39

To manufacture liquid oxygen explosives.  

Chief Controller  

Form 21

To possess explosives for sale and not exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

Form 21

To possess explosives for sale  exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 and any quantity of Class 5,6 and 8.  

Chief Controller  

Form 22

To possess explosives for use  not exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 together with explosives of Class 6.  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

Form 22

To possess explosives for use  exceeding 2000 kgs. of Class 1,2,3,4 & 7 and any quantity of Class 5,6, and 8.  

Chief Controller  

Form 24

2[To possess and sell from a shop small-arms nitro-compound not exceeding 25 kgs. or fireworks not exceeding 100 kgs. of Class 7 Division 2 sub-division 2, 1000 kgs. of Class 7 Division 2 sub-division 1, or gunpowder not exceeding 25 kgs. safety fuse not exceeding 10,000 metres.]  

Controller of Explosives authorised by Chief Controller  

 

3[To possess and sell from a shop fireworks not exceeding 50 kgs. of Class 7, Division 2, sub-division 2; 400 kgs. of Class 7, Division 2, sub-division 1 or gunpowder not exceeding 15 kgs. and safety fuse not exceeding 5000 metres.]  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for own use Class 2 and/or Class 3 explosives not exceeding 5 kgs., electric or ordinary detonators not exceeding 10 numbers and safety fuse not exceeding 200 metres.  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for use small-arms nitro-compound not exceeding 5 kgs. in the State of Kerala.  

District Authority  

Form 23

To possess for use gunpowder not exceeding 5 kgs. and safety fuse not exceeding 50 metres in the State of Bihar, Kerala and West Bengal.  

District Authority  

Form 27

To import explosives.  

Chief Controller

Form 28

To export explosives.  

Chief Controller  

Form 26

To transport explosives  

Controller of Explosives  

Form 25

For road van  

Controller authorised  

Form 29

For public display of Fireworks.  

Controller by Chief Controller 

Special Form

To manufacture explosives not provided in Ariticle 1  

Chief Controller  

       NB: The renewing & amending authority have been stated in the respective chapter/para dealing with the respective licence forms.  

 

LICENSING UNDER EXPLOSIVE RULES, 1983

Under the Explosives Rules, 1983, different types of licences are granted for different purposes.  The general exemption and various purposes, licence forms and licensing  authority have been stated earlier in the manual under the chapter ‘Authority & Responsibility of Department of Explosives’, and also under sub-chapter ‘Introduction of Explosives Rules, 1983’

Different purposes for different type of licences have been stated in left hand side buttons.  The detailed procedure as to what to submit, how to prepare the documents, how to fill up the forms, how to construct the premises, what the Department of Explosives checks and scrutinize, what are the various stages for grant of licence etc.have been mentioned in the appropriate purpose/forms of licences under the Explosives Rules, 1983.

Manufacture of  Explosive

Export of Explosives

Possession & Use of Explosives

Display of Fire Works

Possession & Sales of Explosives

Shot Firer's Permit

Explosives Van

Special Form Licences

Transport of Explosives

SMS

Import of Explosives

 

 

MANUFACTURE OF EXPLOSIVE 

Manufacture of Explosives is the most hazardous operation.  The hazards of explosives depend upon the type and category of explosives.  Therefore the safety provisions are different depending on manufacture of the type and category of explosives.  The detailed procedure as to what to submit, how to prepare the documents, how to fill up the forms, how to construct the premises, what the Department of Explosives checks and scrutinizes, what are the various stages for grant of licence etc., for the appropriate purpose/forms of licences have been stated in left hand side buttons

Manufacture of  High Explosive / Gunpowder / Fireworks / Sparklers / Safety Fuse

Manufacture of  ANFO

Manufacture of  LOX

 

Licence Form -20 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )

1. Purpose of licence form 20 :

            The licence in form-20 under the Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted to manufacture Explosives eg., fire works, gun powder, high explosives, detonators in a factory premises .

Note :

  1. Please see licence form-20 given in the Explosives Rules, 1983 & Article 1(a)--(d) of Schedule IV to the  Explosives Rules, 1983.

  2. For definition of  fireworks, gunpowder and high explosives please see Schedule 1 to the Explosives Rules, 1983.

2. Licensing Authority  (i.e, the authority  empowered to grant the above said licence).

As per the Explosives Rules, 1983, there are different  licensing authorities for the manufacture of explosives depending on the quantity and type of explosives as under:

  1. For manufacture  of fire works/ gun powder not exceeding 15 kgs at a time, the licence is granted by the District Authority.

  2. For manufacture  of fire works/gun powder exceeding 15 kgs but not exceeding 200 kgs at a time, the licence is granted by the respective Circle office of the Department of Explosives.

  3. For manufacture of fireworks/gunpowder exceeding 200 kgs or for manufacture of any quantity of high explosives detonators, the licences are granted by the Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur.

3. Procedure : In this section the details of the following procedure are stated:

a)   

A. Grant of Licence:  Procedure at a glance :

Various on-line steps in sequence for grant of licence in form-20 are as under:

  • APPLICANT ACTION: First applicant submits  drawings and the other required documents to the licensing authority for getting construction approval of the proposed premises.

  • DEPARTMENTAL ACTION: If the documents are in order meeting all the safety provisions of Rules,DOE, on the basis of documents received from the applicant forwards it alongwith other documents to the concerned District Magistrate for NOC.

  • DA’s ACTION

  • DEPTT. ACTION : ON RECEIPT OF NOC, DRAWINGS

  • Approval of the drawing by the licensing authority for construction of the facilities in the proposed premises. 

  • APPLICATION ACTION: After completion of construction of the facilities, applicants submits drawings and the other required documents to the licensing authority for grant of licence of the factory premises.

  • DEPARTMENTAL ACTION : On scrutiny, if all the documents are found in order by the licensing authority.

  • Before actually sending the licence to the licencee by the officer of the Department of Explosives.

  • Department Inspection :  all factory premises inspected facilitates their distances etc are verified and if found confirming to Explosives Rules, licence are endorsed and sent to the licencee.

The detailed step by step procedure as stated above are as under:

Applicants Action:- Submission of documents by applicant for construction approval:

Applicant must submit the following documents to the licensing authority for prior approval for construction of facilities:

  • Application form-3 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/authorised employee. Typed copy of form-3 (given in the Explosives Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form should be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. 

  • Application form 17 duly filled in and signed by the authorised person 

  • Six copies of drawings (blue print or computerized one without hand correction). Each copy of drawing must show the details of site, layout, construction, sectional, elevation view, blast walls/mounds, if applicable and necessary noting and write up as stated below:

    • plans of the proposed buildings and the site drawn to scale.  These site plan should show full approach road net work to the factory/or premises;

    • a description of situation, character and construction of all mounds, buildings (production, non-production, stores, administrative,  etc.) and safety distances observed by each building;

    • description of process/work to be carried out in each building or part, thereof;

    • a description of plant and equipment and its location provided in each building or part thereof;

    • a description of explosives and ingredients thereof, whether wholly or partially mixed that will be present in any building or machine at any one time;

    • a description of maximum number of persons to be employed and maximum quantity of explosives at any time in each building;

    • a description of any special constructions which the applicant may propose by reason of special circumstances, arising from the locations, situation or construction of any building or works, or the nature of process or otherwise;

    • prescribed scrutiny fee;

    • in case where applications is made in the name of a company, the names and addresses of Directors and partners and the name, address correspondence in respect of licence applied for.  Any change in such names and addresses should be immediately communicated to the licensing authority.

Regarding key plan: The approach road, National Highway, Survey No, Plot No, Khasra No. must be shown.

Regarding site: The site plan must show the proposed premises and details of all the structures like roads, road-directions, residential area, other buildings, structures, adjoining properties, name of the adjoining factories, approach road, the distances from the km stone, road junction etc beyond the safety zone radius on all sides around the proposed premises, as per scale. Specific clearance observed by the proposed premises with regards to the nearest building and any open source of fire or over-head electric line, if any should be clearly indicated.

Note:

  1. The purpose of the key/site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to the safety zone is open land and hence such cases does not fulfil the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or located much beyond the safety zone. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures along with approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  2. The applicant should ensure and confirm that the site selected for the proposed premises should have a clear title or undisputed legal status.

  3. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  4. The purpose of the site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to safety zone is open land and hence such cases does not fulfill the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or located much beyond the safety zone. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures along with approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  5. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of movement of explosive van, inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  6. The proposed site should no way interfere or bring legal confrontation with other Acts and Rules administered by the Central Govt., State Govt., local authority etc. and in no way adversely affect the public interest.

  7.  The proposed site should have preferably open land surrounding it and should not be vulnerable to natural calamities.

Regarding layout:    purpose

This depends on type of explosives and will be

stated later during describing manufacture of 

 Regarding sectional view:   

Different type of explosives

Regarding mound:    purpose

Regarding noting:    purpose

Departmental Action : Forwarding of draft licence to DM for NOC.

 The documents submitted by the applicant are verified and proper scrutiny are exercised as follows:-

  • The application form-3 submitted by the party are checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns have been duly filled in by the applicant. No overwriting or major corrections are entertained. Minor correction if any, are attested by the applicant.

  • The application form 17 is duly filled in and signed showing the distances actually observed.

Verification of drawing
The following check are carried out:-
In the site plan of the drawing whether proper road direction with approach has been shown for exact identification of location. Khasra no., distances from other existing structures etc. has to be shown in the plan. If most of the distances have been given but in case there is any inadvertent omission regarding distance from proposed premises to few surrounding structure/facilities then such distance(s) will be read as per scale given in the drawing.
Sectional view and mounds if required must properly shown or not. Necessary noting and full address of the situation of the premises  have been incorporated in the drawing. Drawing should preferably be signed by the applicant or authorised employee (in case of company). Any other additional instruction of CCE/Licensing authority and various guideline have to be complied with.
After necessary scrutiny of documents as referred above if, the documents are found in order and conforming to the Explosives Rules-1983, then draft licence alongwith form-3, form-18 drawing are forwarded to the concerned District Magistrate under intimation to the party.  During forwarding for NOC, the District Magistrate is informed regarding the provision of relevant  rules of the Explosives Rules 1983.
Issue of NOC
: DA’s Action : The party has to ensure that construction of facilities and the premises are confined within the NOC land.
Department Action
:  After receipt of draft licence alongwith its enclosure and NOC from the concerned District Magistrate the approval is accorded for construction of premises to the party with advice to submit the required documents for grant of licence after completion of the construction as per the approved drawing. The licensing authority may impose conditions as deemed proper. Approval is generally given for a certain period. In many cases it is seen that after taking approval and laps of considerable time and party even does not apply for grant of license for one reason or the other. In the mean time if Rules are amended or revised and the revised executive orders from Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur are issued then this entails complicated situation both for the party and the licensing authority. To overcome these difficulties, approval is considered valid for 6 month and may be renewable for another 6 months on request. After receipt of the approval, the party may start construction of the facilities in the proposed premises as per the approved drawing and after completion of the construction the documents are submitted by the party for grant of license.

  1. It is stated that as per Explosives Rules, constructional approval is issued only after receipt of NOC from District Authority. In some cases it is seen that the NOC is considerably delayed and as a consequence, grant of approval is accordingly.  In this connection it is pertinent to add that as per sub rule 9 of rule 156 of the Explosives Rules 1983, “The district authority shall complete his enquiry under sub rules (4) to (7) and forward the report to the licensing authority as expeditiously as possible but not latter than six months of the date of reference made by the licensing authority”.

  2. The purpose of NOC is to ensure the lawful possession of the site and verification of antecedent of the applicant.

 Submission of documents by the applicants for grant of licence (Applicant Action):-

After completion of the facilities the applicant is required to submit the following documents:-  

  1. Appropriate Bank Draft as licence fee payable in same manner as mentioned during approval.

  2. Application Form-4 duly filled and signed.

  3. Specimen signature of the applicant/authorised person to  verify the reference  to initial application filled by the   applicant or authorised person of the company.

  4. Completion report that of the construction of the facilities of  premises have been completed  as per the approved  plan.

  5. Six copies of the drawing which are faithful reproduction of the original approved drawing. In case of conditional approval all such conditions are to be complied with.

  6. Forwarding letter mentioning details of enclosures, Bank Draft No & date etc.  

Grant of licence (Departmental Action)

If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence can be granted. However, the licensing authority is to inspect the premises prior to grant of licence for endorsement (rule161). The violations or discrepancies noticed during the inspection must be complied with and the compliance report are submitted for verification and there after the licence will be endorsed and issued to the party.
Note: The methods/documents to be submitted for obtaining licence in form 20 for manufacture of explosives varies with the types of explosives intended to be manufactured.  So manufacture of different types of explosives have been mentioned separately.  

For manufacture of different type of explosives, there are different special safety provisions which are stated under different heads as below;  

MANUFACTURE OF HIGH EXPLOSIVES

        As provided under Explosives Rules, 1983, no person shall manufacture any explosive at any building except in a factory or premises licensed under Explosives Rules, 1983.

        For obtaining a licence in Form 20 for manufacture of explosives, the applicant should submit the following documents: -

  1. An application in Form-3;

  2. The Project Report indicating therein the following particulars: -

    1. the detail process starting from the raw materials, to the finished product describing the plant and equipment, quantities of materials handled, operating conditions and parameters, nature of controls and safety devices provided, the proposed method of treating effluents and waste explosives;

    2. the nature and composition of the explosives;

    3. the limiting percentage of each ingredient of explosives;

    4. the specification of the various raw materials including substitutes, if any, used in the process of manufacture;

    5. physical and chemical characteristics of final product viz. VOD, COD, sensitivity, density, impact, strength and any other relevant characteristics.

  3.  6 sets of drawings showing site, layout & construction details, mounds, etc.

  4. Memorandum of Articles of the Company.

  5. A copy of SSI Registration or Industrial Licence from MOI.

  6. Scrutiny fee of Rs. 200/- (under revision).

        The site plan should show all three types of safety distances as per the safety distance table annexed to the Explosives Rules, 1983, i.e. inside (inner) safety distance (ISD), Intra Plant Safety Distance i.e. Plant ISD (PISD), outside (outer) safety distance (OSD) around each process unit.  The area coming within ISD must be within the possession of the applicant and within the boundary wall or fencing.  The site plan must also show the locations of all the magazines attached to the factory and half of the OSD of each of the magazines must be within the control of the applicant.        The layout plan must show the network of approach road/path ways within the factory area to every building/shed of the factory, details of mounds around every process building (specification of mounds should be as per pamphlet no. 3- “Construction of Building and traverses” issued by Storage and Transport of Explosive Committee, Centre for Environment & Explosives Safety), a table showing the building No., its man limit & explosives limit (which should be the minimum no./quantity, for operation in each process building ), ISD, PISD, OSD etc.
        The constructional details must show the details of doors, windows of every building (all doors and windows must open outside), the nature of glass if used in windows (preferably wired glass), nature of floor (nature of antistatic bituminised i.e. mastic flooring) etc.
        The drawing must show the type of electrical fittings provided in the working building/ shed (fittings must be dust proof/flame proof).
        All process buildings and magazines should be provided with efficient lightning conductors system conforming to IS:2309.
        For units of filling, pressing and crimping of detonators, humidifiers for maintenance of temperature so as not to exceed 50 degree Centigrade, thermometer etc to be provided.
        Tables for filling, pressing and crimping units of detonators must be covered with antistatic rubber mat/sheet.
        For PETN & ASA drying, mixing, sieving etc, trays made of aluminium must be used and electrical earthing and anti-static earthing must be properly provided.
        The working instructions, emergency plan, important telephone Nos. must be exhibited in local language as well as in English.

        The roof for detonator crimping and other process buildings should be of light construction like asbestos. The roof for storage of finished detonators should be of 15cm RCC. All the rooms should be provided with doors and windows opening outside. The windows may be provided with glass preferably wired glass.
        The roof for high explosives process building may be of RCC.
        All buildings used for production, handling, storage, testing of explosives should be surrounded by substantial mounds. All buildings used for production, handling, storage, testing of explosives should be provided with lightning.
        The manufacturing activity of explosives has to be done under the supervision of a competent person.
        All plant and equipments in the licensed factory should be regularly serviced and maintained in a proper and fit condition and records maintained.
        The facilities for testing of explosives and for disposal of waste explosives should be provided at a safe distances duly approved by CCE.
        The licensee of a factory shall keep up to date records in the prescribed form for a minimum period of two years.
        On scrutiny of the documents, if found in order, the draft licence in Form 20 along with relevant licences in Form 21 & 22 are prepared and forwarded to the concerned District Authority for grant of No Objection Certificate as provided for under Rule 156 of Explosives Rules, 1983.
        On receipt of a clear No Objection Certificate from the District Magistrate, permission for construction of plant buildings, magazines and other amenities within the factory premises is granted.
        On receipt of report of completion of construction of all the facilities and on receipt of requisite licence fee licence in Form 20 for manufacture of explosives and licences in Form 21 & 22 for sale and use of explosives in respect of magazines located inside the factory premises are granted.
        The original licence along with approved drawings, Schedules (civil, electrical & ML/EL) and the copy of the above licence is forwarded to the concerned Jt. CCE/Dy. CCE under whose jurisdiction the factory located for inspection and endorsement of the licence as provided under Rule 161 of the said rules. On satisfaction that the factory premises has been constructed in accordance with the approved drawings, the Inspecting Officer endorses the licence and handover the original licence to the applicant.

MANUFACTURE OF GUN POWDER ( Under Preparation)

MANUFACTURE OF FIRE WORKS

The following items will be manufactured in the factory. 

  1. Rocket

  2. Flower Pots

  3. Chinese Crackers

  4. Wheel

  5. Atom Bomb

  6. Sparklers

  7. Maroons

And also quick matches for use in the above fireworks items.        

                I.   MANUFACTURE OF GUN POWDER
Saltpetre, Charcoal, Sulphur grinded form of 60 to 70 mesh size are brought to mixing room from ingredient shed, and mixed by hand in the gun powder mixing room and then sieved the mixed materials 5 to 6 time to make a homogenious ixture with 60 to 80 mesh.  If necessary, pounding of Gun Powder in wooden vessels moistened with water is done sometime.  Otherwise, the said mixture with be used for making rockets and quick matches.

                II.   MANUFACTURE OF QUICK MATCHES
The above said gun powder is mixed with dextrine in mixing room, the said mixture is moistened with water.  Then, it is taken to dipping room.  The different number of plays of thread is dipped in the above solution and the dipped threads are dried in the same room by hanging.  Then the said thread is cut into 18” size and wrapped with a white tissue paper in fuse making room.  Finally it is coated with flour and dried.  Now, it is ready for use as fuse.

III.  MAKING ROCKET
One side choked Rocket tubes are brought from outside.  The said tube is filled with gunpowder moistened with water with the help of spindles, drift and hammer (wooden).  All the above tools are made of brass and/or wood.  The said rocket tubes after drying are fitted with fuse through the choked.  The said rocket tubes after drying are fitted with fuse through the choked side.  Then it is fitted with straw sticks.  Upper portion of the tube is filled with colour tablets or sound shell.  Then is  labelled and pocketed.

IV. WHITE POWDER MAXING
Pyrotechnical grade aluminum powder, barium nitrate, saltpetre, sulphure are mixed in proportion of 3, 1, 8, 4 in the white powder mixing room by hand over rubber mat on the floor of the mixing shed.  The mixture is sieved for 5 or time to make a homogenious mixture.  Now, the mixture is ready for filling operation.  The said mixture is used for manufacturing chinese cracker, atom bombs and maroons etc.

  1. MANUFACTURE OF CHINESE CRACKERS

Different types of paper tubes in circular aluminum rings each containing 500 to 600 tubes one side closed with mud are brought to the factory.  The said tube things are brought to the white powder filling room.  Then the above white powder mixture is filled into the tubes, the rings carrying the tubes are shaken until all the tubes are full.  Then by deft movement of the worker’s hands and wrists, the excess powder in tubes and the portion of the powder in each of the tube is emptied quickly.  Each of the tube being left partly full of powder with enough empty space at the top for fuse are plugged by clay.  Then the above said rings filled with chemicals are brought to a manufacturing shed.  Then the top side of rings are plugged with clay.  Again the holes corresponding to the tubes are punched by means of non-ferrous sticks or nails.  Then this is dried.  Fuse, cut to length are put in each of the tube with the help of gunpowder and gum solution.  Then this is dried, the crackers fitted with fuse removed from the tube.  Then crackers braided with thread with each other.  Then it is wrapped and labelled.

  1. MANUFACTURE OF MAROONS

3” paper tubes held in aluminum rings containing about 500 numbers are filed with white powder composition in a similar manner stated in the manufacture of chinese crackers.  After fitting with fuse each tube is rolled with 4 to 6 pieces of paper 4” long and then each tube labelled with factory symbols. Five pieces of said crackers are packed with cellophane paper.  One side of pocket will have company label.  They will have warning lable or slips on the other side.

  1. MANUFACTURE OF FLOWER POT

Usually flower pots are manufactured in paper cone tube.  The wite powder composition are mixed in a proportion as follows:

Barium Nitrate: 5 Kgs:   Saltpetre 1  kgs;  Aluminum Chips; 4 kgs;  Aluminum powder; 3 kgs;

  1. CHAKKARAMS

One side closed paper tube in different sizes are in punches of 100s and chemicals filled with the help of hands.  Then each tube is closed with tipping compostion moistened with water.  Tipping compostion is made is made as follows:

Salpetre: 1 kg;  Bariun Nitrate:3 kgs;  Sulphur: kg;  Alumiunum Powder : 3 kgs;  Aluminium Chips : kg.

The above said tubes are moistened with water and coiled around the fingers and kept on a wooden frame to prevent uncoiling.  They are arranged in wooden frames for drying.  The two sides are fitted with paper disc and label.  One side, paper pivot is fitted with gum, then dried and packed.

  1. SPARKLERS

Wooden frames of Sparklers are filled with different size of copper coated wire outside the factory.  The chemical composition is as follows:

Barium Nitrate: 8 kgs;  Aluminum Powder : 1.2 kgs;  Dextrine: 1.3 kgs;  Iron filing: 3.6 kgs;  Gum : 1.1 kgs;  Water: as per requirement. 

The above chemicals are mixed in a brass vessel in wet mixing room with the help of water.  One percent of Boric Acid is also mixed to prevent spontaneous reactions. The iron dust are coated with linseed oil or tar or wax or rosine to prevent rusting and reactions withother chemicals in wet stage.  Wet mixing is done with the help of hand and wooden rod.  After mixing the wet chemicals, it is poured in the dipping tray in the dipping room.  The above frame filled with wire are dipped and slowly drawn and placed in an inclined wooden rack and is allowed to travel 3 to 4 meters so that the excess quantity of chemicals adhering to the wire will fall and the frames are kept in atable to remove the excess chemical at head.  Then the frame is dried in a drying space.  The above process is repeated 2 to 3 times to get proper thickness of chemicals in the wire.  In case electric and colour sparkers, magnesium aluminium alloy chips are sprinkled over the bunch of wire held in frames after last disping.  At last dried sparklers are removed from the wooden frames and packed.

GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION OF FRIEWORKS FACTORY,PAPER CAP AND SPARKLERS  FACTORY

  1. Mixing Shed

Mixing shed shall be constructed of 34 cms. Brick cement wall and 15 cm RCC roof.  It shall have blast wall (34 cms brick cement or 23 cm RCC) in front of doors at a distance of 1 to 2 M.  The blast wall shall be 0.5 M wider than the door opening on both sides and shall have a height of 2 M.  Mixing shed shall observe the inner safety distance of 18 M, and outer safety distance of 45 M.  The explosives limit shall be 5 kgs and man limit 2 nos.

Such sheds in existing factories shall be modified as above.  However, the sheds with thinner walls but surrounded by 34 cms brick-cement blast wall are accepted.

  1. Filling Shed  

The inner safety distance, outer safety distance, construction including that of blast wall, explosives limit and man limit shall be as in Para 1 excepting that the RCC roof thickness may not be less than 10cm.  Such sheds in existing factories shall be modified accordingly.  Sheds with thinner walls but surrounded by 34cms blast wall as mentioned in Para 1 shall be acceptable “The design of mound (Traverse) shall be as per STEC specification.

  1. Transit Shed for Semi-Finished Fireworks

It should have a cement brick wall of 45 cm thick and RCC roof of 15cm thick.  If the door faces the drying platform or to the door opening of any other process building, a blast wall as described in the earlier Para shall be provided.

Transit shed for storage of Semi-finished firework will observe the following safety distance.

Size of Transit Shed

Capacity

Safety distance form other shed & Drying Platform

Safety distance from fence/Protected Works

2.5 X 2 M, 2 compartments

300 kgs

30 M

45M

2.5 X 2 M, 2 compartments

400kgs

34 M

45M

2.5 X 2.5 M, 2 compartments

500 kgs

37 M

45M

The Transit Shed for Semi-finished fireworks will have two compartments – one each for the storage of non-exploding items like chakram (Wheel), flower-pots etc. and another for storage of exploding item like crackers, atom bombs etc.  Transit shed for fireworks nearer than 30 M from working shed and dry platform would not be accepted.

Transit Shed for Fuse

The transit shed for storage of fuse will observe the following safety distance.

Capacity in Kgs.

Safety distance from process & Dry Platform

Safety distance form protected works/fencing

100 Kgs

21 M

45 M

150 Kgs

24 M

45 M

200 Kgs

26 M

45 M

Fuse transit shed should not be brought nearer than 21 M.

Transit Shed for Pellets

The transit shed for white powder and black powder pellets upto a maximum of 50 Kgs will observe inter-distance of 18 M from other sheds and shall have two partition on each for white powder and black powder pellets.  If a single kind of pellet item i.e. white powder or black powder is involved a single room can be allowed depending upon the nature of the operation involved.  (For fancy items only).

  1. Manufacturing shed other than mixing, filling and transit shed

It should be constructed of 23 cm cement brick wall.  So far as roof is concerned, G.I. sheets or 10 cm RCC roof may be provided for new sheds.  The doors of different building should not face each other.  These sheds and drying platform shall observe inner S/d of 12 M and outer S/d of 45 M.  The explosives limit shall be 25 kgs and man limit 4 Nos.

 In case of existing factories, if doors of adjoining sheds face each other, a screen wall of 23 cm cement brick should be provided at a distance of 1 to 2 M from shed and 0.5 m wider than the door opening on both sides and upto the height of the doors.

  1. Screen wall between drying platform and process sheds

In case of process sheds having doors facing drying platform, as screen wall in front of the doors shall be provided and its specification would be as above.

In case of a row of drying platform, those earmarked for rockets and aerial items would be provided with screen wall facing the other drying platform.

The screen wall should be 23 cm of cement brick and have a height equal to half of the length of side perpendicular to the screen wall. The screen wall is allowed at a distance 1 to 2 M from the drying platform.

  1. Fuse cutting platform

Fuse cutting platform may be built at distance of 18 M from process to shed observing outer safety distance of 45 M.  Such drying platform should have a screen wall of height equal to the half of the length of the side perpendicular to the screen wall.  Temporary roof may be constructed with four pillars or poses, if necessary, to get protection from the sun.

  1. All doors in mixing/filling sheds wherever providing should be of wood only with non-ferrous or wooden hinges.

  2. Fuse Wrapping/Dipping Shed

The fuse dipping and could be located in the end row of the factory.  As there is fuse cutting operation for removing the fuse from the frame.  It will be advisable to have a light roof shed with partition 3 M away from the fuse dipping shed on one side.

The fuse dipping shed could be considered with man limit of 2 nos and explosives limit of 5 kgs.

In the case of fuse wrapping shed, a maximum size of 4.5 x 3.6 M ( 15 ft x 12 ft) could be considered with man limit of 2 nos and explosives limit of 5 kgs. 

  1. It was agree that one drying platform will be provided for every four manufacturing sheds (excluding filling/mixing/transit shed).

  2. It was agreed that the maximum number of sheds and drying platform in a fireworks factory should not exceed 75.

  3. A fencing should be provided to segregate the process shed from non-hazardous area like general store-house, office etc.

  4. It was agreed that the over pasting room may be an extension of first stage drying room through window in amorces factory.

  5. It was agreed that the minimum capacity for store house of each factory should be 1/5th of the annual manufacturing capacity.  The annual manufacturing capacity of each factory should manufacturing capacity in the licence.

    In case of existing store house attached to the factory detailed calculation should be submitted to the licensing authority in the matter.  Licence should be got amended to include the annual manufacturing capacity in the licence.

  6. It was agreed that a small building can be constructed at a distance of less than 10 M from the main store house building so as to form a single unit with same safety distance being observe as required for the main building.  Both the buildings will be covered under one licence.  The said smaller room can be used for storage of fireworks items already taken out for packing.

  7. Whenever new store houses are being provided it should be put near the front side of the factory so as to avoid vehicle passing through the factory for transport.

  8. The inter factory distance (fencing to fencing) should be not less than 200 M.

  9. Manufacturing of quick match in a separate factory can be considered.

  10. In addition to the existing foreman (competent person) one Assistant foreman for every 15 sheds should be provided.

  11. Foreman’s certificate (competent person) issued for a particular person is valid for a particular licenced factory.  However application of a foreman’s transfer within the factories of the same group cold considered by issuing certificate for working in new unit without appearing for specific and separate interview each time.

  12. The testing of aerial items should not be done near the fireworks factory.

  13. Manufacture of aero plane is no longer permitted and action has already been initiated to delete this item from the list of authorised explosives.

  14. It was agreed that in addition to the trade name, authorised name of the fireworks as approved by the Chief Controller of Explosives should also appear on the label of fireworks item.

  15. It was agreed that fireworks manufacturers would mark the net weight of fireworks on each case.

  16. It was agreed that not more than 10,000 Nos. of Chinese Crackers would be used for making garlands.

  17. It was agreed that the location for firing should be marked in pencil firework.

  18. Wooden cases with iron strips should not be used within the factory.  The Chief Controller of Explosives has advised to use fibreboard container inside the factory.

  19. The manufacture of combination fireworks should provide transit shed for colour/gunpowder pellets.

  20. The colour/gunpowder pellets may be filled in the manufacture shed since it is not a loose powder.

  21. Regarding base of the fancy item, it has been decided that the base of the fancy item should be of such of such strength and size so that it should not fall during functioning.

  22. Inner tube/Parachute of all the fancy items should be blasted & extinguish itself before falling on the ground.  Inner tube should be closed with saw dust and gum instead of mud and gum.

  23. The trial manufacture of the approved item should be limited to the 1 year only.  The company should make arrangement to test fireworks items by the Department for final approval within 1 year time.

  24. The quantity of lifting charge of fancy item may vary depending on quality of the gunpowder and performance of the item.  However, it has been decided to study the matter to make it uniform quantity to be used as lifting charge.

  25. For the new factories the Department may insist a ‘T’ type shed for curing and cutting of fuse at 3 mtrs from the drying platform keeping the explosives limit and man limit meant for both sheds i.e. fuse dipping and “T” shed.

  26. Quick match (unwrapped) may be stored in the transit shed meant for the same with quantity mentioned for the shed.

  27. In case of manufacturing of defense store (fireworks items) the classification of the item should be mentioned as Class-7 and Division 4 in the licence.

  28. Transit shed for amorces may not be allowed.

  29. The amorces without sulphur may not be allowed till further study of the composition is carried out.

  30. In case of new amorces factory the second stage drying room may be provided with air gap between the sheds to control the damage due to explosion.

  31. Window may not be allowed in second stage drying room.

  32. Study should be made to find out ratio of second stage room and punching and roll cutting room to avoid the accumulation of dry sheets.

  33. At present the factory is provided with burning pit at the corner of the factory without indicating quantity of explosives, so it has been decided that the fencing at 18 mtrs should be provided around burning pit and 5 kgs of fireworks at a time allowed for destruction under supervision competent person and such pit should observe 45 mtrs from any of the factory shed.

  34. The blast wall of mixing, filling shed should be at least on 3 sides.

  35. In Per chlorate base fireworks, fuse manufacturing operation and transit shed should be insisted for new factories to avoid the fuse containing sulphur.

  36. In colour match factory 2 mixing rooms should be provided, one for head composition and another for body composition.

  37. The composition of all the metal parts of the store house to lighting arrestor may be made as per IS2309.

  38. Approval of Combination Fireworks

    1. The industry wanted that only one application with one set of drawing should be sufficient for approval of an item of combination fireworks even if the same group of companies.  It was decided that one application would be acceptable if the item was manufactured in different units of the same company (licensee).  When there was a change in the name of the licensee, a separate application would be required.

    2. For each application for approval only, eight sets of drawings could be submitted so that the drawings could be circulated to Five Circle Officers of the Department.

    3. Since Maroons are being manufactured over a long period by almot all of the fireworks manufacturers, it was decided that not separate approval would be required for manufacture of Maroons upto maximum 100 mm length and maximum 25 mm dia and fireworks composition restructed to 1.5 gm.  Regarding the sound level produced by explosion of Maroons, it was decided to take up the matter separately.

  39.  Packing of fireworks

Department advised the Industry to design suitable cardboard boxes of 4 or 5 different dimensions with would be suitable for storage and transport of fireworks. Drawing of these cardboard boxes along with the specifications to be followed viz. Bursting strength, cobb value, etc.  could be submitted to Chief Controller of Explosives Office for approval.  The same would be examined and if found suitable permission for testing and trials would be given.  Such boxes may be tested at Institute of Packaging as well as submitted to Chief Controller of Explosives for undergoing tests in Testing Station.  Final approval could be given afterwards.

It was also explained to the industry that they should follow IS 10212 for guidance but the specification for cardboard for fireworks used would be more stringent as these are transported in ordinary trucks and also detained at transporter’s godowns or other public places.

  1. Manufacturer of Flower Bombs and Wheel Bombs

The flower-bombs may be manufactured subject to the following conditions-

  1. The height of the item should not be more than twice the diameter of the base.  If extra base is provided the base should be glued to the main tube.

  2. The pictorial view of the method of firing and functioning should be printed on every single piece of the fireworks item.

  3. The precautions and functioning should also be clearly stated in works on each piece.

  4. The pictorial view of the method of firing and functioning along with instruction in words should be printed on the bigger labels pasted over the box containing 5 to 10 piece of the item.

  5. The weight of the composition should be as follows:

    1. The weight of the composition for cracker should not be more than 4 gms.

    2. The weight of composition for flower should not be more than 10 gms.

Seven copies of the drawing showing details of construction and dimension proposed to be made for the above item should be submitted to Jt. Chief Controller of Explosives or Dy. Chief Controller of Explosives of respective area for approval before commencing manufacture.

However, manufacture of wheel bombs has not been accepted in the interest of safety.

MANUFACTURE OF SPARKLERS ( Under Preparation)

 

MANUFACTURE OF SAFETY FUSE ( Under Preparation)

 Licence Form -21 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )

1. Purpose of licence form 21 :  

        The licence in form-21 of Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted to possess and sell of explosives from a magazine/store house.  

Note : 

  1. Please see licence form-21 given in the Explosives Rules, 1983 & Article 4 of Schedule IV of Explosives Rules, 1983 for details of licence.  

  2. For definition of fireworks, gun powder  and high explosives please see Schedule 1 to the Explosives Rules 1983.  

2. Licensing Authority  (i.e. the authority empowered to grant licence):  

  1. To possess and sell of explosives upto 2000 kgs from a magazine, the licence will be granted by the respective Circle Office of the Department of Explosives.  

  2. To possess and sell explosives exceeding 2000 kgs from a magazine, the licence will be granted by the Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur.  

        3. Procedure : In this section the details of the following procedure are stated:

a)    Grant of licence

b)    Renewal of licence

c)    Amendment of licence

d)    Checklist during inspection

A. Grant of Licence

Various steps in sequence for grant of licence in form-21 are as under:

  • APPLICANT ACTION: Submission of drawings and the other required documents by the applicant to the licensing authority for construction approval of the proposed premises.  

  • DEPARTMENTAL ACTION: Forwarding of draft licence and other documents to the concerned District Magistrate for NOC by the licensing authority.  

  • Approval of the drawing by the licensing authority for construction of the facilities in the proposed premises on receipt of NOC. 

  • APPLICATION ACTION: After completion of construction of the facilities, submission of drawings and the other required documents by the party to the licensing authority for grant of licence of the premises.  

  • DEPARTMENTAL ACTION : Grant of licence by the licensing authority.

  • Inspection of the magazine by the officer of the Department of Explosives.

  • Endorsement of the licece.

The detailed step by step procedure are as under:

Applicants Action:- Submission of documents by applicant for construction approval:

Applicant has to submit the following documents to the licensing authority for prior approval for construction of facilities:

  • Application Form-4 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/authorised employee. Typed copy of form-4 (given in the Explosives Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form should be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. Minor correction should be initialed. 

  • Application Form 17 duly filled in and signed showing the safety distances required to be observed as per Table 1 of schedule VIII of the Explosives Rules, 1983.  

  • Six copies of drawings (blue print or computerized one without hand correction). Each copy of drawing must show the details of site, layout, construction, sectional and elevation view, mounds if applicable and necessary noting as stated below:  

Regarding site: The site plan must show the proposed premises and details of all the structures like roads, road-directions, residential area, place of congregation, other buildings, structures, others properties, name of the others properties, approach road, the distances from the km stone, road junction etc. confined within and beyond the outside safety distance on all sides around the proposed premises, as per scale. Specific clearance observed by the proposed premises with regards to the nearest building and any open source of fire or over-head electric line coming within the safety zone should be clearly indicated.  

Note:

  1. The purpose of the key/site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to the safety zone is open land and hence such cases does not fulfill the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or located much beyond the safety zone. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures along with approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  2. The applicant has to ensure and confirm that the site selected for the proposed premises  have a clear title or undisputed legal status.

  3. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  4. The purpose of the site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to safety zone is open land and hence such cases does not fulfill the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or are located much beyond the safety zone. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures along with approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  5. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of movement of explosive van, inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  6. The proposed site should no way interfere or bring legal confrontation with other Acts and Rules administered by the Central Govt., State Govt., local authority etc. and in no way adversely affect the public interest.

  7. The proposed site should have preferably open land surrounding it and should not be vulnerable to natural calamities.

Regarding layout plan:  

The layout of the premises should show the plan view of the magazine.

The layout plan must show the dimensions of the magazine, lobby, wall thickness, gangway, various rooms for storage of different types of explosives etc. in case of constructed  magazine.  …  

Note:

  1. For construction of magazine please refer specification 6 under schedule VII to the Explosives Rules, 1983.

  2. Mode B magazine for specific purpose having storage capacity not exceeding 500 Kgs. can be procured from approved manufacturer.

  3. Mode A magazine fixed type for storage  capacity exceeding 500 Kgs. the following constructions details may be referred.

    1. Internal Volume: Internal Volume of the magazine should not be less than 4 m3 per 1000 Kgs. of explosives besides sufficient passage area.

    2. Internal Area: Internal area of the magazine should not be less than 1.6 Sq. mt. per 1000 Kgs of explosives besides sufficient passage area/gangway.

    3. Wall thickness:

      • Walls: RCC wall thickness            =  23 cm

      • Brick/Stone wall thickness            =  60 cm
        between detonator room and lobby

      • Rest of brick stone wall thickness  =  45cm

    4. Roof : Roof reinforced concrete of at least 15 cm thickness or of stone slabs or adequate thickness and strength.

    5. Ventilator : One ventilator at top and bottom in each opposite sides wall of the magazine having storage capacity of 500 Kg. At least two ventilators  at top and bottom in each opposite side wall of the magazine having storage capacity exceeding 500 Kgs.

      The ventilators should be Z type only having dimension of 22.5 cm X 11.25 cm. The outer opening of the ventilator should be fitted with frame iron bars and inner opening should be provided with brass wire guage of three mesh per linear cen
      timeter.

Regarding Sectional/Elevation View:

The drawing should show the sectional view the magazine both cross-sectional and the longitudinal view. The sectional view of the magazine must show the height and constructional details, wall thickness and other details must also be incorporated in the drawing. The number and location of Z type ventilators and the height, bonding and nature of lightning conductor system (which must conform to IS 2309) must also be shown.

The magazine shall be made of brick, stone or concrete building which is closed and secured so as to prevent unauthorized person from having access thereto.

Regarding Mound : There are types safety distances one mounded and other unmounded and given in the safety distance table schedule VIII to the Explosives Rules, 1983.  If capacity of magazine exceeds 4.5 T then mound is compulsory.  The construction of mound should be as under:

  ………1 to 1.5 M from periphery of the magazine with a height equals to the stack height and widths of the top should be 1M ………

Noting to be depicted in the drawing : All important noting as given above should be incorporated in the drawing. The drawing must indicate Khasra /Survey / Killa no. and full address of the situation of the premises including pin code No.  

Departmental Action : Forwarding of draft licence to DM for NOC

The documents submitted by the applicant are verified and proper scrutiny is exercised as follows:-  

  • The application Form-4 submitted by the party is checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns have been duly filled in by the  applicant. No overwriting or major corrections will be entertained. Minor correction if any, should be attested by the applicant.  

  • The application Form 17 is duly filled in and signed showing the distances actually observed.  

Departmental Action : Verification of drawing

The following checks are carried out:-

In the site plan of the drawing whether proper road direction with approach has been shown for exact identification of location. Khasra no., distances from other existing structures etc. has to be shown in the plan. If most of the distances have been given but in case there is any inadvertent omission regarding distance from proposed premises to few surrounding structure/facilities then such distance(s) will be read as per scale given in the drawing.

Sectional view and mounds if required have been properly shown or not. Necessary noting and full address of the situation of the premises  have been incorporated in the drawing. Drawing is preferably  signed by the applicant or authorised employee (in case of company). Any other additional instruction of CCE/Licensing authority and various guideline have been complied with.

After necessary scrutiny of documents as referred above if, the documents are found in order and  conforming to the Explosives Rules-1983, then draft licence alongwith form 4, form 18 drawing  be forwarded  the concerned District Magistrate under intimation to the party.

After receipt of draft licence alongwith its enclosure and NOC from the concerned District Magistrate the approval may be accorded with intimation to the party to submit the required documents for grant of licence after completion of the construction as per the approved drawing. The licensing authority may impose conditions as deemed proper. Approval should be generally given for a certain period. In many cases it is seen that after taking approval and laps of considerable time and party even does not apply for grant of license for one reason or the other. In the mean time if Rules are amended or revised and the revised executive orders from Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur are issued then this entails complicated situation both for the party and the licensing authority. To overcome these difficulties, approval may be considered valid for 6 month and may be renewable for another 6 months on request. After receipt of the approval, the party may start construction of the facilities in the proposed premises as per the approved drawing and after completion of the construction the documents should be submitted by the party for grant of license.

Note:

  1. It is stated that as per Explosives Rules, constructional approval is issued only after receipt of NOC from District Authority. In some cases it is seen that the NOC is considerably delayed and as a consequence, grant of approval is accordingly.  In this connection it is pertinent to add that as per sub rule 9 of rule 156 of the Explosives Rules 1983, “The district authority shall complete his enquiry under sub rules (4) to (7) and forward the report to the licensing authority as expeditiously as possible but not latter than six months of the date of reference made by the licensing authority”.  

  2. The purpose of NOC is to verify antecedent of the applicant(s), lawful possession of the site and examination of no objection from the public of the locality.

  3. The party has to ensure that construction of facilities and the premises are confined within the NOC land.  

Applicants Action : Submission of documents by the applicants for grant of licence  

After completion of the facilities the applicant has to submit the following documents:-  

  1. Appropriate Bank Draft as licence fee payable in same manner as mentioned during approval.

  2. Application Form-4 duly filled and signed.

  3. Specimen signature of the applicant/authorised person to  verify the reference  to initial application filled by the applicant or authorised person of the company.  

  4. Completion report that of the construction of the facilities of  premises have been completed  as per the approved  plan.  

  5. Six copies of the drawing which are faithful reproduction of the original approved drawing. In case of conditional approval all such conditions are to be complied with.  

  6. Forwarding letter mentioning details of enclosures, Bank Draft No & date etc.  

Grant of licence (Departmental Action)

The document submitted by the applicant are verified and proper scrutiny is exercised as follows :-  

  • Bank Draft is checked and verified that it is drawn in favour of proper authority and on any nationalized  bank and is valid for at least 2 months.  

  • If NOC is conditional, the licensing authority should be reasonably satisfied that the condition stipulated in NOC are of serious nature and relevant or not. If relevant, an undertaking to that effect or compliance to that effect to be ensured before grant of licence.  

  • The draft licence alongwith the drawing and Form 18.  

  • The drawing submitted by party is replica of approved drawing. If not, matter is reconciled for necessary action.  

If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied  that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence can be granted. However, the licensing authority is to inspect the premises prior to grant of licence. The variation or discrepancy noticed during the inspection must be complied with and the compliance report should be submitted for verification and there after the licence is endorsed and issued to the party.   

B. Renewal of Licence 

  1. A licence may be renewed by the authority empowered to grant such licence, provided that a licence which has been granted by the Chief Controller is be renewed without any alteration by a Controller duly authorized by the Chief Controller in this behalf. 

    Provided that a licence which has been granted by the district authority may be renewed without any alteration by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or an Executive Magistrate or a Taluka Magistrate duly authorized by the district authority in the behalf.  

  2. The Controller authorized by the Chief Controller under sub-rule (1) may, and when so required by the Chief Controller, shall require the licensee to follow the procedure laid down under sub-rule (1) of the rule 156 before renewing licence in Form 20 or Form 21 or Form 22.  

  3. Every application for the renewal of a licence shall be made so as to reach the licensing authority or the authority empowered to renew the licence at least 30 days before the date on which the licence expires, and if the application is so made, the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that the renewal of the licence is refused has been communicated to the applicant.  

  4. Every application under sub-rule (3) for renewal of the licence shall be accompanied by the following documents;  

    1. application in Form 13;  The form 13 must be filled in properly. No item from the form 13 should be left blank.  Inappropriate terms must be deleted clearly.  

    2. the original licence together with its enclosures and approved plans, Schedules and Forms; (the drawings and other enclosures of the licence are part and parcel of the licence and should not be detached from the licence.)  

    3. prescribed renewal fee for a period of 2 years.  

  5. The same fee shall be charged for the renewal of a licence for each year as for grant thereof:  

    Provided that if the application for renewal is not received within the time specified in sub-rule (3), the licence shall be renewed only on payment of double fee as ordinarily payable for the license.  

    Provided further that if the renewal application together with complete documents specified under sub-rule (4) is received by the licensing authority after the date of expiry but not later than 30 days from the date of expiry; and if the licensing authority is satisfied that such delay is beyond the control of the licensee, the licence may, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken in this behalf, be renewed on payment of double the fee ordinarily payable for the licence.

  6. In case of an application for the renewal of the licence for a period of more than one year at a time, the fee prescribed under proviso of sub-rule (5), if payable, shall be paid only for the first financial year of renewal.

  7. Every licence granted under these rules other than a licence granted for a specified period shall be renewable for two years where there has been no contravention of the Act or the rules framed thereunder or of any condition of the licence so renewed.

  8. Where a licence renewed for more than one financial year is surrendered before its expiry, the renewal fee paid for the unexpired portion of the licence shall be refunded to the licensee provided that no refund of renewal fee shall be made for any financial year during which—

    (a)    the licensing authority received the renewed licence for surrender;

    (b)   any explosive is received or stored on the authority of the licence.

  9. No licence shall be renewed if the application for renewal is received by the licensing authority after 30 days of the date of its expiry.

  10. When a licence is renewed by the Chief Controller a Controller, an intimation to that effect shall be sent to the district authority concerned and when a licence is renewed by the district authority, intimation to that effect shall be sent to the Controller having jurisdiction.

  11. As per the executive Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur before every renewal NOC from District Magistrate is sought. However as per rule 165(3) if the renewal application is received within due date the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that renewal of licence is refused is communicated to the licensee.  

C. Amendment of Licence 

The licences issued under the Explosives Rules, 1983 can not be transferred. In case of change of name, new licence is to be granted after observing all the formalities. The licence can be amended in respect of alteration in the facilities etc. only if the licence is valid.  

  1. Any licence granted under these rules may be amended by the authority empowered to g rant the licence provided that amendment shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of these rules.

  2. A licensee who desires to have his licence amended shall submit the following particulars to the licensing authority, namely:

    1. an application  stating nature of the amendment and the reasons therefor;  

    2. the original licence together with enclosures to it;  

    3. plans showing the details of the proposed amendment is such plans are required by the licensing authority for the purpose of amendment;  

    4. prescribed scrutiny fee;  

    5. prescribed amendment  fee.  

  3. The licensing authority after scrutiny of the documents submitted  under sub-rule (2) and after making such further inquiries and taking such action as deemed necessary may take suitable  action to amend the licence.  

D. Check List for inspection of magazine

Licence No :

Date :

Licensee’s  Name:

Place :

Present  : 

District:

Watchman :  

 

Tel. No.:

 

 

1.

Licence  No. marked : Yes  /  No  

2.

Licence  &  Plan   or  Letter  of  Authority  available: Yes  /  No
Validity of licence     31.3.200…..  

3. 

 

Whether  premises  tallies with approved Plan:  Yes  /  No  
If no, write  discrepancies:  

 

4.

Only for Portable Magazines:  

 

 Type

 

 

Sl. No  

  

 

Key  No.  

 

 

 

Installation  of Magazines  

 

Grouting on C.C. platform :   proper / not proper     

 

Weather protection  Shed   :  Yes/ No  

 

Inter distance between  Magazines   ……..M          

 

Doors  of  Magazines  not facing each : Yes / No  

5.

Doors/ Windows 

 

(i)  Internal  Door

 

Wooden : Yes  /  No

with brass fittings: Yes  /  No  

 

Opening  out wards:  Yes  /  No  

 
 

(ii) External  Doors

 

Steel plate thickness......…… mm*

Wood lining provided: Yes  /  No

 

(*Not applicable in case of  FW Store house)

 
 

Pedlock : Yes  /  No

“dead lock” type lock: Yes  /  No

 

(iii) Windows  

 
 

No.:...................

Steel  plate  thickness…......….  mm*

   

(*Not applicable in case of  FW Store house)

 

Wood lining: Yes / No

Opening outwards : Yes / No  

6.

Walls

 

Thickness of wall between  detonator room and lobby ..................cm

 

Other walls  .................. cm

 

Height of Red line.................. M

7.  

Ventilators 

 

Z-type  -   Yes/No,         Nos. HE .....……… Lobby........……..  Det.Room…......…….

 

Condition of Ventilators……......….  

8.

Roof

 

RCC  /   Stone slabs,     thickness ………..Cm

9.

Floor  

 
 

Concrete  Cement  / Stone slabs 

Platform  /  wooden trusses:  Yes/No

10.

Lightening Conductors  

 

Nos……….

Covers entire magazine:  Yes / No  

 

Test  date……………..

Results…………   

11.

Earthpit distance from Magazine……………M  

12.

Watchman  Shed distance from Magazine………….. M  

13.

Earthen  Mound          Applicable / Not applicable  

 

If applicable -  adequate / inadequate  

14.

Safety Distances  

 

Encroachments of SD: Yes / No

 

If  yes, details:

 

 

Inter distances between magazines………………  

15.

No Smoking  sign  marked: Yes  /  No  

16.

Stock  Register available: Yes / No  

 

If  yes,  whether maintained in Form  32 /  33 / 34 ( as applicable)  

 

Pages in registers,  serially numbered: Yes  /  No  

 

Page nos. in register certified: Yes / No

 

Stock  Register  properly filled: Yes / No  

 

If  no, details :

 

17.

Present  Stock of Explosives:  

 

Name   

 

 

Class (div.)

 

 

Quantity  

 

 

18.

Present Stock  tallies  with  records.      Yes / No  

 

If no, details :

 

19.

Condition  of  Explosives:  

 

Deteriorated: Yes / No 

 
 

If yes, details :

 

20.

Boxes  of  explosives  damaged: Yes / No 

 

If  yes,  details: 

 

21.

Police  exhibits  stored: Yes  /  No  

 

If  yes,  details: 

 

22.

 

 

Any other  observation

 

 

   

Name and designation of Officer

NOTE:  

1)

 


The violations/discrepancies noticed during inspection are communicated to the party for carrying out the recommendations and submitting compliance within one to two months.  In case of serious violations, show cause notice for suspension/cancellation of licence is issued with a notice of 21 days.  The party must acknowledge the receipt of the inspection report and submit compliance report within the stipulated time period.

2)

 


The licensee shall submit at the end of every month a return in form 36  to the licensing authority as well renewal authority in the proforma prescribed from time to time so as to reach the above authorities by 10th day of the succeeding month. In case the licensee fails to submit above said monthly return, action for suspension/cancellation may be initiated by the licensing authority or renewal authority.

Licence Form -22 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )

1. Purpose of licence form 22 :  

        The licence in Form-22 of Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted to possess and use of explosives from a magazine…  

Note : 

  1. Please see licence Form-22 given in the Explosives Rules, 1983 & Article 3(a) and 3(b) of Schedule IV of Explosives Rules, 1983.  

  2. For definition of fireworks, gun powder  and high explosives please see Schedule 1 to the Explosives Rules 1983.  

2. Licensing Authority  (i.e. the authority empowered to grant licence):  

  1. For possess and use up to 2000 kgs of explosives from a magazine, the licence will be granted by the respective Circle Office of the Department of Explosives. 

  2. For possess and use explosives of more than 2000 kgs from a magazine, the licence is granted by  CCE, Nagpur.  

       3. Procedure : In this section the details of the following procedure are stated:

a)    Grant of licence

b)    Renewal of licence

c)    Amendment of licence

d)    Checklist during inspection

A. Grant of Licence

Various on-line steps adopted for grant of licence in form-22 are as under:  

  • Submission of drawings and the other required documents by the applicant to the licensing authority for construction approval of the proposed premises.  

  • Forwarding of draft licence and other documents to the concerned District Magistrate for NOC by the licensing authority.  

  • Approval of the drawing by the licensing authority for construction of the facilities in the proposed premises on receipt of NOC.   

  • After completion of construction of the facilities, submission of drawings and the other required documents by the party to the licensing authority for grant of licence of the premises.  

  • Grant of licence by the licensing authority.  

  • Inspection of the magazine by the officer of the Department of Explosives.

  • Endorsement of the licence.  

Note : If the quantity of explosives proposed to be licensed up to 100 Kgs. for own use, party can directly approach to District Authority for NOC.

The detailed step by step procedure  are as under:

Applicants Action:- Submission of documents by applicant for construction approval:

Applicant must submit the following documents to the licensing authority for prior approval for construction of facilities:

  • Application Form-5 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/authorised employee. Typed copy of form-5 (given in the Explosives Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form should be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. Minor correction should be initialed.  

  • Application Form 17 duly filled in and signed showing distances actually observed…  

  • Six copies of drawings (blue print or computerized one without hand correction). Each copy of drawing must show the details of site, layout, construction, sectional and elevation view and necessary noting as stated below:  

  1. Approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  2. The applicant should ensure and confirm that the site selected for the proposed premises should have a clear title or undisputed legal status.

  3. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  • The proposed site should no way interfere or bring legal confrontation with other Acts and Rules administered by the Central Govt., State Govt., local authority etc.  

Regarding layout plan:  

The layout of the premises should show the plan view.  

The layout plan must show the dimensions of the magazine

Regarding sectional/elevation view:

The drawing should show the sectional view of the magazine both cross-sectional and the longitudinal view. The sectional view of the magazine must show the height and constructional details, wall thickness and other details  must also be incorporated in the drawing. The number and location of Z type ventilators and the height, bonding and nature of lightning conductor system (which must conform to IS 2309   

Noting to be depicted in the drawing:

All important noting as given above should be incorporated in the drawing. The drawing must indicate Khasra/Survey/ Kila no. and full address of the situation of the premises.  

Departmental Action : Forwarding of draft licence to DM for NOC

The documents submitted by the applicant should be verified  and proper scrutiny should be exercised as follows:-

  • The application Form-5 submitted by the party is be checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns have been duly filled in by the  applicant. No overwriting or major corrections is  entertained. Minor correction if any, are be attested by the applicant.  

  • The application Form 17 most of the distances have been given but in case there is any inadvertent omission regarding distance from proposed premises to few surrounding structure/facilities then such distance(s) are read as per scale given in the drawing.

Sectional view have been properly shown or not. Necessary noting and full address of the situation of the premises  are incorporated in the drawing. Drawing is preferably be signed by the applicant or authorised employee (in case of company). Any other additional instruction of CCE/Licensing authority and various guideline are complied with.
After necessary scrutiny of documents as referred above if, the documents are found in order and  conforming to the Explosives Rules-1983, then  necessary approval is accorded with intimation to the party to submit the required documents for grant of licence after completion of the construction as per the approved drawing . The licensing authority executive orders are issued. These entail complicated situation both for the party and the licensing authority. To overcome these difficulties, approval may be considered valid for 6 month and may be renewable for another 6 months on request. After receipt of the approval, the party may start construction of the facilities in the proposed premises as per the approved drawing and after completion of the construction the documents are submitted by the party for grant of license may impose conditions as deemed  proper. Approval is generally given for a certain period. In many cases it is seen that after taking approval and lapse of considerable time and party even does not apply for grant of license for one reason or the other. In the mean time Rules are amended or revised.

Departmental Action : Verification of drawing

The following check are carried out:-  

In the site plan of the drawing whether proper road direction with approach has been shown for exact identification of location. Khasra no., distances from other existing structures etc. has to be shown in the plan. If

Note:- The magazine shall be made of brick, stone or concrete building which is closed and secured so as to prevent unauthorized person from having access thereto  

  1. Noting to be depicted in the drawing and in no way adversely affect the public interest.

  2. The proposed site should have preferably open land surrounding it and should not be vulnerable to natural calamities.

Note:

The purpose of the site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to 100 metres is open land and hence such cases does not fulfill the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or located much beyond 100 metres. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures alongwith.

Note:

  1. In this connection it is stated that one of the important documents is NOC from District Authority. In some cases it is seen that the NOC is  considerably delayed and as a consequence, grant of licence is delayed and finally the party will have to suffer irreparable loss.

  2. The party should ensure that construction of facilities and the premises are confined within the NOC land.  

  3. It is reasonable to prehensile that the purpose of NOC is to ensure the lawful possession of the site and verification of antecedent of the applicant.

Applicants Action : Submission of documents by the applicants for grant of licence  

  1. After completion of the facilities the applicant must submit the following documents:- Appropriate Bank Draft as licence fee payable in same manner as mentioned during approval 

  2. Application Form-4 duly filled and signed.    

  3. Specimen signature of the applicant/authorised person to  verify the reference  to initial application filled by the   applicant or authorised  person of the company.

  4. Completion report that of the construction of the facilities of  premises have been completed  as per the approved  plan.  

  5. Three copies of the drawing which are faithful reproduction of the original approved drawing. In case of conditional approval  all such conditions are to be complied with.  

  6. Forwarding letter mentioning details of enclosures, Bank Draft No & date etc.  

Grant of licence (Departmental Action)

The document submitted by the applicant are verified and proper scrutiny is exercised as follows :-  

  • Bank Draft to be checked and verified that it is drawn in favour of appropriate head and at appropriate place drawn on any nationalized  bank valid for at least 2 months.  

  • If NOC is conditional, the licensing authority has to be reasonably satisfied that the condition stipulated in NOC will be applicable or not. If applicable an undertaking to that effect or compliance to that effect to be ensured before grant of licence.  

  • The drawing is replica of approved drawing or not. If not, matter is  reconciled for necessary action.  

If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied  that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence can be granted. However, the licensing authority is to inspect the premises prior to grant of license. The variation or discrepancy noticed during the inspection must be complied with and the compliance report should be submitted for verification and there after the licence will be endorsed and issued to the party.   

B. Renewal of Licence 

  1. A licence may be renewed by the authority empowered to grant such licence, provided that a licence which has been granted by the Chief Controller is be renewed without any alteration by a Controller duly authorized by the Chief Controller in this behalf:  

    Provided that a licence which has been granted by the district authority may be renewed without any    alteration by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or an Executive Magistrate or a Taluka Magistrate duly authorized by the district authority in the behalf.  

  2. The Controller authorized by the Chief Controller under sub-rule (1) may, and when so required by the Chief Controller, shall require the licensee to follow the procedure laid down under sub-rule (1) of the rule 156 before renewing licence in Form 20 or Form 21 or Form 22.  

  3. Every application for the renewal of a licence shall be made so as to reach the licensing authority or the authority empowered to renew the licence at least 30 days before the date on which the licence expires, and if the application is so made, the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that the renewal of the licence is refused has been communicated to the applicant.  

  4. Every application under sub-rule (3) for renewal of the licence shall be accompanied by the following documents;  

    1. application in Form 13;   The form 13 must be filled in properly. No item from the form 13 should be left blank.  Inappropriate terms must be deleted clearly.  

    2. the original licence together with its enclosures and approved plans, Schedules and Forms; (the drawings and other enclosures of the licence are part and parcel of the licence and should not be detached from the licence.)  

    3. prescribed renewal fee for a period of 2 years.

  5. The same fee shall be charged for the renewal of a licence for each year as for grant thereof:  

    Provided that if the application for renewal is not received within the time specified in sub-rule (3), the licence shall be renewed only on payment of double fee as ordinarily payable for the license.  

    Provided further that if the renewal application together with complete documents specified under sub-rule (4) is received by the licensing authority after the date of expiry but not later than 30 days from the date of expiry; and if the licensing authority is satisfied that such delay is beyond the control of the licensee, the licence may, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken in this behalf, be renewed on payment of double the fee ordinarily payable for the licence.

  6. In case of an application for the renewal of the licence for a period of more than one year at a time, the fee prescribed under proviso of sub-rule (5), if payable, shall be paid only for the first financial year of renewal.

  7. Where a licence renewed for more than one financial year is surrendered before its expiry, the renewal fee paid for the unexpired portion of the licence shall be refunded to the licensee provided that no refund of renewal fee shall be made for any financial year during which—

    1. the licensing authority received the renewed licence for surrender;

    2. any explosive is received or stored on the authority of the licence.

  8. No licence shall be renewed if the application for renewal is received by the licensing authority after 30 days of the date of its expiry.

  9. When a licence is renewed by the Chief Controller a Controller, an intimation to that effect shall be sent to the district authority concerned and when a licence is renewed by the district authority, intimation to that effect shall be sent to the Controller having jurisdiction.

  10. As per the executive Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur before every renewal NOC from District Magistrate is sought. However as per rule 165(3) if the renewal application is received within due date the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that renewal of licence is refused is communicated to the licensee.  

C. Amendment of Licence 

The licences issued under the Explosives Rules, 1983 can not be transferred. In case of change of name, new licence is to be granted after observing all the formalities. The licence can be amended in respect of alteration in the facilities etc. only if the licence is valid.  

  1. Any licence granted under these rules may be amended by the authority empowered to g rant the licence provided that amendment shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of these rules.

  2. A licensee who desires to have his licence amended shall submit the following particulars to the licensing authority, namely:

    1. an application  stating nature of the amendment and the reasons therefor;  

    2. the original licence together with enclosures to it;

    3. plans showing the details of the proposed amendment is such plans are required by the licensing authority for the purpose of amendment;  

    4. prescribed scrutiny fee;  

    5. prescribed amendment  fee.  

  3. The licensing authority after scrutiny of the documents submitted  under sub-rule (2) and after making such further inquiries and taking such action as deemed necessary may take suitable  action to amend the licence.  

Licence Form -23 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )

This license is granted by the district authority.

The related matter is available in the hard copy of the manual which can be had by placing an order(by letter or through e- mail)  to the following address

 Licence Form -24 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )  

1. Purpose of licence form 24 :  

The licence in Form-24 of Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted to possess and sell small arms nitro-compounds not exceeding 25kgs or fire works not exceeding 100kgs of Class 7 Division 2, sub-Division 2 and  1000kgs of Class 7 Division 2, sub-Division 1 or gunpowder not exceeding 25kgs and safety fuse not exceeding 10,000 Mtrs.

Note : 

  1. Please see licence Form-24 given in the Explosives Rules, 1983 & Article 4 of Schedule IV of Explosives Rules, 1983.

  2. For definition of small arms nitro-compound and fire works of Class-7 Division 2, sub-Division 1 & 2, please see Schedule I to the Explosives Rules, 1983. Henceforth, fire works of Class 7 Division 2, sub-Division 2 will be described as fire works and fire works of Class 7, Division 2, Sub-Division 1 will be described as sparklers/chinese crackers and fire works premises in form-24 will be described as fire works shop or in short shop.

2. Licensing Authority  (i.e. the authority empowered to grant licence):  

  1. To possess and sell from a shop fire works not exceeding  50kgs and  sparklers/chinese crackers not exceeding 400kgs or gun powder not exceeding 15kgs and safety fuse not exceeding 5000 s, the licence will be granted by the District Authority.

  2. To possess and sell from a shop small arms nitro-compounds not exceeding 25kgs or fire works not exceeding 100kgs and sparklers/Chinese crackers not exceeding 1000kgs or gun powder  not exceeding 25kgs and safety fuse not exceeding 10000mtrs, the licence will be granted by the respective Circle Office of the Department of Explosives. 

        3. Procedure : In this section the details of the following procedure are stated:

a)    Grant of licence

b)    Renewal of licence

c)    Amendment of licence

d)    Checklist during inspection

      NB: Specimen drawings are also enclosed.

A. Grant of Licence

Various on-line steps adopted for grant of licence in form-24 are as under:

  • Submission of drawings and the other required documents by the applicant to the licensing authority for construction approval of the proposed premises.

  • Approval of the drawing by the licensing authority for construction of the facilities in the proposed premises. 

  • After completion of construction of the facilities, submission of drawings and the other required documents by the party including the NOC from the District Authority to the licensing authority for grant of licence of the premises.

  • Grant of licence by the licensing authority.

Note:- If the shop is already constructed then the party may apply to the licensing authority for direct grant of licence.

The detailed step by step procedure  are as under:

Applicants Action:- Submission of documents by applicant for construction approval:

Applicant must submit the following documents to the licensing authority for prior approval for construction of facilities:

  • Application Form-4 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/authorised employee. Typed copy of form-4 (given in the Explosives Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form is be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. Minor correction should be initialed. 

  • Three copies of drawings (blue print or computerized  without hand correction). Each copy of drawing must show the details of site, layout, construction, sectional and elevation view and necessary noting as stated below:

  • Prescribed scrutiny fee as bank draft in favour of appropriate head and payable at appropriate place 

Regarding site: The site plan must show the proposed premises and details of all the structures like roads, road-directions, residential area, other buildings, structures, adjoining properties, name of the adjoining factories, approach road, the distances from the km stone, road junction etc. confined within 100 s radius on all sides around the proposed premises, as per scale. Specific clearance observed by the proposed premises with regards to the nearest building and any open source of fire or over-head electric line coming within the 100mtrs radius should be clearly indicated. In addition to the above, the details of structures, shops, nature of shops, name of the shops, etc. lying within the 15mtrs around the proposed fire works shop must be shown clearly and separately.

Note:

  1. The purpose of the site plan is to identify and demarcate the location of the premises. In many cases the area up to 100 meters is open land and hence such cases does not fulfil the main purpose. Sometimes reference structures lie or located much beyond 100 meters. Therefore all such reference structures (even not coming within the scale of the drawing) for example the nearest km stone, road crossing with road directions, temple, village, schools, hospitals, canals, rivers, railway line or other such immovable reference structures along with approach road to the premises may also be incorporated in the site details for proper identification of the location and approach to the premises.

  2. The applicant should ensure and confirm that the site selected for the proposed premises should have a clear title or undisputed legal status.

  3. The proposed premises should have proper access and approach road for the purpose of inspection, fire-fighting and rescue operation, movement of fire-tenders etc.

  4. The proposed site should no way interfere or bring legal confrontation with other Acts and Rules administered by the Central Govt., State Govt., local authority etc. and in no way adversely affect the public interest.

  5. The proposed site should have preferably open land surrounding it and should not be vulnerable to natural calamities.

  6. As per Rule-137 of Explosives Rules, 1983 there should not be any premises used for storage of similar explosives, flammable or hazardous materials within the radius of minimum 15mtrs from the proposed shop. Therefore, the details of the structures lying within 15mtrs from the proposed shop must be shown clearly and separately in the drawing.    

Regarding layout plan:

The layout of the premises should show the plan view of the shops

The layout plan must show the dimensions of the shop.

Regarding sectional/elevation view:

The drawing should show the sectional view of the fire works shop both cross-sectional and the longitudinal view. The sectional view of the shop must show the height and constructional and other details must also be incorporated in the drawing. The height of the shop at least 10 feet high.

Note:

  1. The fire works shop shall be made of brick, stone or concrete building which is closed and secured so as to prevent unauthorized person from having access thereto.

  2. The shop shall have a floor area of minimum nine squares.

  3. The premises shall have independent entrance and exit.

  4. If the premises are situated in a building used for other purposes also, such premises shall not be situated under a staircase and shall be so located as not to be obstruct any passage in from or to the building in case of fire or accident.

  5. The shop shall be situated at ground level.

Noting to be depicted in the drawing :

All important noting as given above should be incorporated in the drawing. The drawing must indicate Khasra/Survey/ Kila No./Shop No. and full address of the situation of the premises.

In addition to the above, Adequate notes must be incorporated in the drawing as follows :

  1. The electrical fitting should be properly concealed or of fixed type.

  2. Adequate fire fighting facilities like fire-extinguishers, water buckets, sand buckets shall be provided at the premises.

  3. No fire works shall be stored in the close vicinity of electric switches.

  4. Wooden shelves or iron shelves (painted properly) shall be provided for stacking fire works shop.

  5. The electric switched must preferably be out side the fire works shops and if the switches are inside, it should be provided at the front part of the shop and should be installed within a metal box with metal cover. The electrical line should preferably be tested and repaired so as to maintain it in proper condition.

  6. Bengal matches and other safety matches should not be stored inside the fire works shop.

  7. Amorces should be stored separately. 

  8. Fire works shall be kept in original boxes on the shelves and no loose fire works shall be displayed at the front part of the shops.

  9. The front part of the shop should not be extended illegally beyond the NOC area.

  10. The door of the shop be made of wood opening outside and if rolling shutter is provided, proper stopper at a height shall be provided to prevent the shutter from falling down accidentally.

  11. No prohibited/un-authorized fire works should be stored within the shop. Only authorized manufactured fire works not exceeding the noise level of decibel as fixed by Central Pollution Board should be stored.

  12. No other article(s) should be stored or sold along with fireworks from the shop.

Departmental Action : Approval of Drawing

The documents submitted by the applicant should be verified  and proper scrutiny should be exercised as follows:

  • The application form submitted by the applicant is checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns have been duly filled in by the  applicant. No overwriting or major corrections is entertained. Minor correction if any, is attested by the applicant.

Departmental Action : Verification of Drawing

The following check are carried out:

In the site plan of the drawing whether proper road direction with approach has been shown for exact identification of location. Khasra no., distances from other existing structures etc. has to be shown in the plan. If most of the distances have been given but in case there is any inadvertent omission regarding distance from proposed premises to few surrounding structure/facilities then such distance(s) will be read as per scale given in the drawing.

Sectional view is being properly shown or not. Necessary noting and full address of the situation of the premises  are  incorporated in the drawing. Drawing is preferably be signed by the applicant or authorised employee (in case of company). Any other additional instruction of CCE/Licensing authority and various guideline are complied with.

After necessary scrutiny of documents as referred above if, the documents are found in order and  conforming to the Explosives Rules-1983 (see rules-135 to 138 of the Explosives Rules,1983) then necessary approval is accorded with intimation to the applicant to submit the required documents for grant of licence after completion of the construction as per the approved drawing . The licensing authority may impose conditions as deemed  proper. Approval should be generally given for a certain period. In many cases it is seen that after taking approval and laps of considerable time and party even does not apply for grant of license for one reason or the other. In the mean time Rules are amended or revised executive orders are issued. These entail complicated situation both for the party and the licensing authority. To overcome these difficulties, approval is considered valid for 6 month and is renewable for another 6 months on request. After receipt of the approval, the party may start construction of the facilities in the proposed premises as per the approved drawing and after completion of the construction the documents should be submitted by the party for grant of license.

Note:

  1. In this connection it is stated that one of the important documents is NOC from District Authority. In some cases it is seen that the NOC is  considerably delayed and as a consequence, grant of licence is delayed and finally the party will have to suffer irreparable loss due to non-commissioning of the premises after construction. So it is advisable that soon after getting approval  and before undertaking the construction work, the party should immediately approach the District Authority and submit replica of approved drawing etc. to the District Authority for NOC and get the matter cleared.

  2. The party should ensure that construction of facilities and the premises are confined within the NOC land. 

  3. It is reasonable to prehensile that the purpose of NOC is to ensure the lawful possession of the site and verification of antecedent of the applicant.    

Applicants Action : Submission of documents by the applicants for grant of licence  

After completion of the facilities the applicant has to the following documents:

  1. Appropriate Bank Draft for Rs 300 as licence fee payable in same manner as mentioned during approval. 

  2. Application Form-4 duly filled and signed.

  3. No objection Certificate

  4. Specimen signature of the applicant/authorised person to  verify the reference  to initial  application  filled  by  the  applicant  or authorised person of the company.

  5. Completion report that of the construction of the facilities of  premises have been completed  as per the approved  plan.

  6. Three copies of the drawing which are faithful reproduction of the original approved drawing. In case of conditional approval  all such conditions are to be complied with.

  7. Forwarding letter mentioning details of enclosures, Bank Draft No & date etc.

Grant of licence (Departmental Action)

The document submitted by the applicant should be verified and proper scrutiny should be exercised as follows :-

  • Bank Draft to be checked and verified that it is drawn in favour of appropriate head and place and on any nationalized  bank valid for at least 2 months.

  • Application Form-4 to be checked and verified as referred earlier.

  • The NOC dully stamped and signed by the District Authority with date . The NOC should not be more than 2 years old. 

  •  Whether there is  other discrepancies etc. In case of any discrepancy in the NOC with reference to the applicants address in Form-4 then the matter to be enquired and referred to the concerned applicant or DM as the case may be, the action is to be initiated only after reconciliation of the  discrepancy /rectifying the anomaly.

  • If NOC is conditional, the licensing authority is  reasonably satisfied that the condition stipulated in NOC will be applicable or not. If applicable an undertaking to that effect or compliance to that effect to be ensured before grant of licence.

  • The drawings are replica of approved drawing . If not, matter is to be reconciled for necessary action . 

If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied  that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence is granted. However, the licensing authority is to inspect the premises prior to grant of license. The variation or discrepancy noticed during the inspection is complied with and the compliance report should be submitted for verification and there after the licence is endorsed and issued to the party.   

B. Renewal of Licence 

  1. A licence may be renewed by the authority empowered to grant such licence, provided that a licence which has been granted by the Chief Controller is be renewed without any alteration by a Controller duly authorized by the Chief Controller in this behalf:

    Provided that a licence which has been granted by the district authority may be renewed without any    alteration by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate or an Executive Magistrate or a Taluka Magistrate duly authorized by the district authority in the behalf.

  2. The Controller authorized by the Chief Controller under sub-rule (1) may, and when so required by the Chief Controller, shall require the licensee to follow the procedure laid down under sub-rule (1) of the rule 156 before renewing licence in Form 20 or Form 21 or Form 22.

  3. Every application for the renewal of a licence shall be made so as to reach the licensing authority or the authority empowered to renew the licence at least 30 days before the date on which the licence expires, and if the application is so made, the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that the renewal of the licence is refused has been communicated to the applicant.

  4. Every application under sub-rule (3) for renewal of the licence shall be accompanied by the following documents; 

    1. application in Form 13; The form 13 must be filled in properly. No item from the form 13 should be left blank.  Inappropriate terms must be deleted clearly.

    2. the original licence together with its enclosures and approved plans, Schedules and Forms; (the drawings and other enclosures of the licence are part and parcel of the licence and should not be detached from the licence.)

    3. prescribed renewal fee for a period of 2 years.

  5. The same fee shall be charged for the renewal of a licence for each year as for grant thereof: 

    Provided that if the application for renewal is not received within the time specified in sub-rule (3), the licence shall be renewed only on payment of double fee as ordinarily payable for the license. 

    Provided further that if the renewal application together with complete documents specified under sub-rule (4) is received by the licensing authority after the date of expiry but not later than 30 days from the date of expiry; and if the licensing authority is satisfied that such delay is beyond the control of the licensee, the licence may, without prejudice to any other action that may be taken in this behalf, be renewed on payment of double the fee ordinarily payable for the licence.

  6. In case of an application for the renewal of the licence for a period of more than one year at a time, the fee prescribed under proviso of sub-rule (5), if payable, shall be paid only for the first financial year of renewal.

  7. Every licence granted under these rules other than a licence granted for a specified period shall be renewable for two years where there has been no contravention of the Act or the rules framed thereunder or of any condition of the licence so renewed.

  8. Where a licence renewed for more than one financial year is surrendered before its expiry, the renewal fee paid for the unexpired portion of the licence shall be refunded to the licensee provided that no refund of renewal fee shall be made for any financial year during which—

    1. the licensing authority received the renewed licence for surrender;

    2. any explosive is received or stored on the authority of the licence.

  9. No licence shall be renewed if the application for renewal is received by the licensing authority after 30 days of the date of its expiry.

  10. When a licence is renewed by the Chief Controller a Controller, an intimation to that effect shall be sent to the district authority concerned and when a licence is renewed by the district authority, intimation to that effect shall be sent to the Controller having jurisdiction.

  11. As per the executive Chief Controller of Explosives, Nagpur before every renewal NOC from District Magistrate is sought. However as per rule 165(3) if the renewal application is received within due date the licence shall be deemed to be in force until such date as the licensing authority renews the licence or until an intimation that renewal of licence is refused is communicated to the licensee.

C. Amendment of Licence 

The licences issued under the Explosives Rules, 1983 can not be transferred. In case of change of name, new licence is to be granted after observing all the formalities. The licence can be amended in respect of alteration in the facilities etc. only if the licence is valid.  

  1. Any licence granted under these rules may be amended by the authority empowered to g rant the licence provided that amendment shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of these rules.

  2. A licensee who desires to have his licence amended shall submit the following particulars to the licensing authority, namely:

    1. an application  stating nature of the amendment and the reasons therefor;  

    2. the original licence together with enclosures to it;

    3. plans showing the details of the proposed amendment is such plans are required by the licensing authority for the purpose of amendment;  

    4. prescribed scrutiny fee;  

    5. prescribed amendment  fee.  

  3. The licensing authority after scrutiny of the documents submitted  under sub-rule (2) and after making such further inquiries and taking such action as deemed necessary may take suitable  action to amend the licence.

Licence Form -25 ( Explosives Rules, 1983 )  

1. Purpose of licence form 25 :  

The licence in Form 25 under the  Explosives  Rules, 1983 is granted to transport  Explosives on land  by  Explosives Van .  Such Van  for transportation of Explosives is  called Explosives Van.

2. Licensing Authority  (i.e. the authority empowered to grant licence):  

The Explosives licence in Form 25 under Explosive Rules, 1983 granted by  respective circle office of the Department of Explosives.

Note: For details please see the licence Form 25 given in the Explosive Rules, 1983 and Article 9 of fourth Schedule under the Explosive Rules 1983, rule 155 of the Explosive Rules,1983, Specification 1 of  Schedule VII annexed to the Explosive Rules,1983.

       3. Procedure : In this section the details of the following procedure are stated:

a)    Grant of licence

b)    Renewal of licence

c)    Amendment of licence

d)    Checklist during inspection

A. Grant of Licence

Various on-line steps adopted for grant of licence in form-25 are as under:

  • Submission of drawings and the other required documents by the applicant to the licensing authority for fabrication approval of the proposed van.

  • Approval of the drawing by the licensing authority for fabrication of the facilities in the proposed van.  

  • After completion of fabrication of the facilities, submission of drawings and the other required documents by the party.

  • Grant of licence by the licensing authority.

The detailed step by step procedure  are as under:

Applicants Action:- Submission of documents by applicant for construction approval:

Applicant must submit the following documents to the licensing authority for grant of licence:

  • Bank draft of Rs. 600 as scrutiny fee and licence fee for two years. The B/D should be drawn on any nationalised bank, in favour of Jt. CCE/appropriate authority and should be payable at appropriate place as applicable for the concerned licensing authority. The Bank Draft should have at least 2 months validity from the date of submission of application for grant of  licence.

    Note: Explosive Van licence renewal for 2 years at a time. 

  • Application Form 7 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/ authorised employee. Typed copy of form 7 (given in the Explosive Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form should be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. Minor correction should be initialed.

  • Application Form 7 duly filled in and signed by the applicant/ authorised employee. Typed copy of form 7 (given in the Explosive Rules, 1983) is acceptable. Please note that no column of the form should be left blank. Inapplicable columns should be filled as NA i.e., not applicable. Full postal address with pin code should be written. No overwriting or major corrections will be accepted. Minor correction should be initialed.

  • Attested copy of the RC book  showing name, address, laden, unladen weight.

  • Specimen signature of the applicant.

  • Three  copies of drawings (blue print or computerized one without hand correction). Each copy of drawing must show the details of construction, dimensions ( i.e. the length, width/dia, height, plate thickness, distance between tyres, type of tyres total length, gap between the cab and the body, the rear gap, position and the nos. of the fire extinguishers, location and guarding of the fuel tank, the location of the various  safety fittings, fire screen, the gap between fire screen and ground, double leaf door at the back of the Van opening outside, brass plate with usual fall at the door sil level, position of spare wheel etc. The drawing must also show necessary noting like registration no., engine no., chassis no., fabricator’s name, applicant’s full postal address with pin code etc.

  • Forwarding letter mentioning details of enclosures, Bank Draft No & date etc.

Note:

  1. For detailed construction, please see Specifications 1 of  Schedule VII to the Explosive Rules, 1983.

  2. The licence for Explosive Van only granted to person/company who already possesses valid magazine licence.  

Departmental Action : Approval of Drawing

The documents submitted by the applicant are verified  and proper scrutiny is exercised as follows:

*  If bank draft is found defective or validity expiring shortly, the draft  is returned to the party. On receipt of proper bank draft, scrutiny and other checks are carried out.

  • The application Form 7 submitted by the party is checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns have been duly filled in by the  applicant. No overwriting or major corrections are entertained. Minor correction if any, is attested by the applicant.

Departmental Action : Verification of Drawing

The following check are carried out:

If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied  that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence is granted. However, the licensing authority has liberty to get the premises inspected prior to grant of license. In the event of inspection is carried out then variation or discrepancy noticed during the inspection are complied with and the compliance report should be submitted for verification and there after the licence is  granted.

B. Renewal of Explosive Van Licence

Various on-line steps adopted for renewal of licence in Form 25 are as under:

  • Submission of original licence along with the approved drawings and the other required documents by the applicant to the licensing authority for renewal of licence.

  • Renewal of licence by the Renewing Authority.

Departmental Action : Renewal of Licence 

The documents submitted by the applicant should be verified  and proper scrutiny should be exercised as follows:

  • If bank draft is found defective or validity expiring shortly is returned to the party. On receipt of proper bank draft, scrutiny and other checks are carried out.

  • The application form submitted by the party are checked to confirm that the proper mailing address, signature of the party and all other relevant columns is duly filled in by the  applicant. No overwriting or major corrections are made. Minor correction if any, are attested by the applicant.

  • Certificate from the licensee that there is no change in the Explosives Van.

  • That  no compliance of the inspection report is pending.

  •  If the documents are found in order and the licensing authority is satisfied  that there is no legal constraint in grant of licence then the licence is renewed. However, the licensing authority has liberty to get the van inspected prior to renewal of license. In the event of inspection is carried out then whatever variation or discrepancy noticed during the inspection must be complied with and the compliance report should be submitted for verification and there after the licence may be granted.   

C. Amendment of Explosive Van Licence 

Types  of  amendment of Explosive Van licences are as under:  

 

Licence Form -27 : Import of Explosives 

As provided under Explosives Rules, 1983, no person shall import any explosive unless a licence in Form 27 is granted under these rules.

  • The explosives are normally imported in three ways (1) by Sea (2) by Land & (3) by Air.

  •  The procedure for obtaining licence for import of explosives depends on whether the import will be by Sea, by Land or by Air.

1. Import of Explosives by Sea

Import of explosives by Sea is presently permitted only at the ports of Bombay, Cochin, Calcutta at Diamond Harbour, Madras, Tuticorin or Visakhapatnam.

Applicant Action

The applicant has to submit the following documents to CCE for import of explosives by Sea

  1. Application in prescribed Form 10;

  2. Custom clearance. If the explosives are of Class 3 containing Nitroglycerine, the heat test for NG is required to be carried out and the custom clearance should be based on the results of heat test.

  3. Prescribed scrutiny and licence fee (Rs. 100/- and Rs. 250/- respectively – under revision)

Departmental Action

On receipt of required documents from the applicant, the department will scrutinize the application and take action towards grant of licence in Form 27 for import of explosives by Sea without referring the matter to the Ministry.

2. Import of Explosives by Land

 No licence for import of explosives by Land shall be granted without the previous sanction in each case of the Central Government and under such conditions and restrictions as it may impose in consultation with CCE.

Applicant Action

The applicant for import of explosives by Land should submit the following documents to CCE.

  1. Application in Form 10. If the explosives are of Class 3 containing Nitroglycerine, the heat test for NG is required to be carried out and the custom clearance should be based on the results of heat test (Rule 21)

  2. The required scrutiny and licence fee (Rs. 100/- & 150 respectively under revision)

  3. No Objection Certificate from the Central Government for import of explosives. Documentary evidence that the applicant possess. The licence magazine or storehouse for storing the imported quantity of explosives.

Departmental Action

On receipt of required documents from the applicant, the department will scrutinize the same and if satisfied that the explosives are authorised type will grant import licence in Form 27.  

3. Import of explosives by Air

Import of explosives by Air is permitted only at the Airports of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta & Madras and any other International Airports authorised for this purpose by the Central Government.

Any explosives which is not included in Schedule VI shall not be imported by Air

Applicant Action

The applicant for import of explosives by Air should submit the following documents to CCE :

  1. Application in Form 10;

  2. permission from DGCA;

  3. requisite scrutiny and licence fee (Rs. 100/- & 150/- respectively – under revision)

Departmental Action

On receipt of proper documents, the department makes a reference to the Ministry for grant of No Objection Certificate for import of explosives by Air. On receipt of above No Objection Certificate, the licence in Form 27 is granted.

   

Licence Form -28 : Export of Explosives 

As per the Explosives Rules, 1983, the licence is required for export of explosives. The explosives can be exported in three ways:

1. By Sea

2. By Land

3. By Air

The export of explosives is permitted only if the explosives are authorised explosives. The procedure for obtaining licence for Export of explosives depend on whether the export will be by Sea or by Land or by Air and are as under: -

1.  Export of Explosives by Sea

The export of explosives by Sea is permitted only at certain ports authorised by the Ministry of Surface Transport i.e. Bombay, Cochin, Calcutta at Diamond Harbour, Madras, Tutucorin & Visakhapatnam.

Applicant Action

The applicant has to submit the following documents to CCE for export of explosives by Sea :-

  1. Application in Form 11;

  2. Customs clearance. If the explosives are of class 3 containing Nitroglycerine, the heat test for NG is required to be carried out and the Custom’s clearance should be based on the result of heat test.

  3. Prescribed scrutiny & licence fee (Rs. 100/- & Rs. 150 respectively)

Departmental Action

On receipt of required documents from the applicant, the department will scrutinize the application and take action towards grant of licence in Form 28 for export of explosives by Sea.

2.  Export of Explosives by Land 

Applicant Action

The applicant for export of explosives by Land should submit the following documents to CCE.

  1. Application in Form 10.  

  2. If the explosives are of Class 3 containing Nitroglycerine, the heat test for NG is required to be carried out and the clearance should be based on the results of heat test (Rule 21)

  3. The required scrutiny and licence fee (Rs. 100/- & 150 respectively under revision)

  4. No Objection Certificate from the Central Government.

Departmental Action

On receipt of the required documents from the applicant, the Department of Explosives scrutinizes the documents and will grant of licence if the documents are found in order. 

3.  Export of Explosives by Air

Export of explosives by Air is permitted only at the Airports of Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta & Madras and any other International Airports authorised for this purpose by the Central Government.

Any explosives which is not included in Schedule VI shall not be imported by Air         

          Applicant Action

The applicant for export of explosives by Air should submit the following documents to the Chief Controller of Explosives

  1. Application in Form 11

  2. Permission from DGCA

  3. Requisite scrutiny & licence fee (Rs. 100/- & 150/- respectively)

Departmental Action

On receipt of proper documents, the department makes a reference to the Ministry for grant of No Objection Certificate for import of explosives by Air. On receipt of above No Objection Certificate, the licence in Form 28 is granted.

 

Licence Form -29 : Display of Fireworks  

Licence Form -30 : Shot Firer's Permit  

 
Licence Form -38 : Manufacturing of ANFO

Licence in Form 38 of Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted for manufacture of Ammonium Nitrate – Fuel Oil (ANFO) explosives at site. The licensing authority is Jt. Chief Controller of Explosives of the concerned circle office.   

  1. ANFO explosives shall be manufactured in a lightly constructed shed observing 9 s clear distance on all site and covered by 2 s  high barbed wire fencing.

  2. The shed shall have a smooth cemented platform standing at least 30 Cms above the ground level on the floor shall be surrounded by a brick wall at least 1  high with opening for entrance and exist on opposite sides.

  3. Mixing of aluminium nitrate and fuel oil shall be done in the manufacturing shed either by hand in an aluminium or aluminium lined wooden tray or by a machine which has been approved by CCE.

  4. The ANFO explosives shall be manufactured in quantities required for minimum use. No storage of ANFO explosives is permitted.

Procedure for licence

Applicant Action

The applicant for manufacture of ANFO explosives should submit the following documents to the concerned Jt. Chief Controller of Explosives for the drawing approval :

  1. Application in Form 3  

  2. Process of manufacture

  3. Scrutiny fee of Rs. 50/ (Under revision)

  4. 6 copies of site layout and construction plan of the ANFO mixing shed.

  5. A No Objection Certification from the Chief Inspector of Mines under Mines Act, 1957.

Departmental Action

On receipt of proper documents & drawings, the concerned Jt. Chief Controller of Explosives will scrutinize the documents and if found in order will approve the same.

After completion report of construction as per the approved drawing and licence fee of Rs. 200/- per year the licence is granted in Form 38 of the said rules and will be sent for inspection and endorsement of the licence to the concerned office.

Note : Licence in Form 38 Form 39 are granted for 2 years at a time and are renewable after every 2 years by paying the requisite renewal fee.  The renewal application is to be submitted to the circle office so as to reach 30 days before the date of expiry of the licence.

Licence Form -39 : Manufacturing of LOX

               Licence in Form 39 of Explosives Rules, 1983 is granted for manufacture, possession and sale/use of liquid Oxygen to the CCE.

Procedure for licence

Applicant Action

The applicant for manufacture liquid Oxygen should submit the following documents to the CCE.

  1. Application in Form 3  

  2. Process of manufacture

  3. Scrutiny fee of Rs. 50/ (Under revision)

  4. 6 copies of site layout and construction plan

  5. A No Objection Certification from the Chief Inspector of Mines under Mines Act, 1957.

Departmental Action

On receipt of proper documents & drawings, the CCE will scrutinize the documents and if found in order will approve the same.

After completion report of construction as per the approved drawing and licence fee of Rs. 1000/- per year (under revision) the licence is granted in Form 39 of the said rules and will be sent for inspection and endorsement of the licence to the concerned office.

Procedure for obtaining a licence for SMS Bulk Support Plant

SMS means Site Mixed Slurry Explosive. The non-explosive matrix is manufactured in a support plant located in proximity to the mines where the explosive is used. From the support plant, the non-explosive matrix is pumped into BMD vehicle (Bulk Mix Dispenser) for making explosive by adding gassing agent and delivery to boreholes. The support plant is are of two types : viz -   

  1. Where matrix is manufactured – such plant has to have raw material store, solution preparation & storage tanks, quality control laboratory, maintenance work, supervisor & garage, utility shed, apart from administrative block.

  2. Where matrix is not manufactured but with stored in Silo - matrix manufactured in company’s mother plant and transported by tanker into the Silo of the support plant. Such plant has own Silo BMD vehicle, raw material store, administrative block, workers, etc.

Applicant Action

Any person desiring to obtain a licence in Special Form for setting up a SMS Support Plant has to submit the following particulars to CCE, Nagpur: -

  1. An application in Form 3.  

  2. Site & construction plan of the SMS Support Plant premises indicating therein: -

    1. Raw material store;

    2. Solution preparation & storage tank;

    3. Quality control laboratory;

    4. Garage & maintenance shed;

    5. Utility shed;

    6. Administrative block;

    7. P&I diagram, as the case may be depending on the type of support plant.

  3. Process of manufacture of non-explosive matrix with process flow diagram with scrutiny fee of Rs. 200/-

  4. Composition of non-explosive matrix for approval along with necessary scrutiny fee of Rs. 100/.  

  5. Fabrication drawings of BMD vehicle including P&I diagram for approval along with scrutiny fee (Rs. 500/-).  

Departmental Action

  1. On scrutiny of above documents, if the proposal is found satisfactory, the case is referred to the concerned District Magistrate along with site plan for obtaining his No Objection Certificate for setting up of the proposed plant.

  2. On receipt of NOC from District Magistrate, permission for construction of the support plant is granted.

  3. On receipt of (1) completion report on construction of the SMS plant (2) satisfactory report on non-explosive nature of the matrix tests to be conducted in present of departmental field officer (3) fabrication of BMD vehicle (4) licence fee (similar as Form 20 licence) (5) consent letter for carrying out field trials/blasting from concerned mines/co. a licence in Special Form is granted for manufacture of Class 2 bulk slurry/emulsion explosives. Annual manufacturing capacity is decided with number of BMD vehicles attached to the plant and the distance of their area of operation from the support plant. Normally manufacture of 1500 tones per year per vehicle is considered. This may vary depending on the capacity of the BMD vehicle and distance from plant to mining area.

  4. The licence is sent to the concerned circle/sub-circle office of the department for endorsement. After endorsement, the licence comes into force.

APPROVED PREMISES UNDER THE EXPLOSIVES RULES,1983

 Approval is required under the Explosives Rule,1983 for portable magazine, Explosives carrying boxes, Authorisation of explosives, issue of Foreman certificate, Acetylene Generator and B M D System.

Portable magazines are generally used for the storage of limited quantity of explosives for a limited period. Those magazines are generally used by ONGC, OIL etc for seismic works etc.

Explosives carrying boxes are used for carrying small quantity of explosives from magazine to the site.

Any new explosive proposed for manufacture and use requires approval for its authorisation for its inclusion in list of authorised explosives.

There is procedure for issue certificate for Foreman engaged in explosives manufacturing unit.

Generation of Acetylene from Calcium Carbide is a hazardous process ad for fabrication Acetylene Generator, approval is required.

The use of site mixed slurry is increasing day by day. BMD vehicles are specially designed for carrying non explosive matrix along with other ingredients to blasting site. Approval is required for BMD system attached to licensed SMS plant.

Portable Magazine

Issue of Foreman Certificate

Explosives Carrying Box 

Acetylene Generator

Authorisation of Explosives

B M D System

   

 PORTABLE MAGAZINE

Portable Magazine is a metallic container specially constructed in accordance with the design approved by CCE, Nagpur and intended for storage of explosives in various quantities depending on the size of the magazine, maximum 500 Kgs of High Explosives, or 44,000 Nos. Ordinary Detonators or 12,000 Nos. of Electric Detonators or 10,000 s of Detonating Fuse.

  • These magazines are fabricated from mild steel plates of minimum 5-6mm thickness.

  • The interior of the magazine is lined with smooth joint-less warp-proof wooden boards of minimum 12mm thickness.  There is no gap on the corners or elsewhere to conceal split explosives.

  • A wide door is made of 5-6mm thick new mild steel plates and lined internally with one-piece smooth and warp-proof wooden board of 12mm thickness. The hinges, door catch and holdfasts are rugged and completely concealed. Non-ferrous metal has been provided to prevent frictional sparks from the door catch and hold fasts. The door is fitted with strong pack locks as used in iron safes. Additional hasps have been provided in the magazine for pack lock.

  • An air gap is provided between the outer steel shell of the magazines and the inner wooden lining to allow all round free circulation of air. For security and for preventing entry of water, the ventilating holes in the outer steel shell are shrouded and placed well away from the ventilating holes in the inner wooden lining. Detonator magazine has no ventilating holes, as these are not required.

  • The magazines are protected against corrosion by a thick coating of anticorrosive paint.

  • The portable magazines are installed and fixed on M.S. channels by bolts, keeping an inter-distance of at least 1.5M between the boxes for high explosives and detonators. A weather protecter of AC sheet is provided over the portable magazines and area around 15M fenced for protection/security.

  • A lightning conductor system as per IS:2309 is also provided for these portable magazines. The conductor is fixed on a pole on the channel in between the magazines and earthing is provided.

  • Different types of portable magazines for storage of different kinds and quantities of explosives have been approved.

  • Portable magazines are allowed for possession & use of explosives under licence in Form 22 only and not for sale of explosives under licence Form 21.

Approval of Portable Magazine:

The design of the portable magazine is required to be approved by CCE. The applicant should submit the following to CCE:-

  1. Scrutiny fee of Rs. 500/- for each model.

  2. Brief report on status of the applicant, credentials, manufacturing facilities & quality control system.

  3. 7 copies of detailed design & construction drawings of each model of portable magazine with specification of all parts/components.

Departmental Action

On receipt of application, the documents are scrutinized. If the documents are found satisfactory the applicant is permitted to manufacture on prototype magazine and the facilities of the applicant as well as the prototype magazine are inspected by the field officer (circle/sub-circle) of the department.

On receipt of report of perusal/inspection from the field officer, approval is granted by CCE.

 Carrying Boxes for Transport of Explosives & Detonators

The carrying boxes are made of 6mm MS plate lined inside with wrap proof wooden board. They are fitted with strong dead locks and two additional loops for padlock. The carrying capacity of these is limited to 5 Kgs of high explosives or 200 nos. detonators. Separate boxes are required to be used for carrying high explosives and detonators separately.

Approval

Manufacturer of these carrying boxes has to obtain approval of CCE by submitting drawings of boxes giving all details of specification and scrutiny fee by a Demand Draft of Rs. 500/- (for each model) payable to CCE, Nagpur

Departmental Action

On perusal of the documents, if the specification and drawings meet the requirements, CCE allows the applicant to manufacture one/two prototype box for inspection/examination of the same by departmental officer. On receipt of satisfactory report of the inspecting officer, final approval of the carrying box is granted by CCE.

 Authorisation of Explosives

Procedure for authorisation of explosives

Any person desirous of including an explosive in the list of authorised explosives shall apply by submitting an application therefor to the Chief Controller.  

Applicants Action

The application submitted in accordance with sub-rule (1) shall be in writing and accompanied by following particulars:

  1. the nature and composition of the explosive;

  2. the limiting percentage of each ingredient of the explosive;

  3. any substitute or substitutes for any specified ingredient;

  4. in the case of a new explosive to be manufactured in India, the process by which it is proposed to carry out its manufacture;

  5. where an explosives is enclosed in a case or other contrivance, the dimensions of the case or other contrivance, the quantity, nature and brand of explosive contained therein, the method of function and performance characteristics of the explosive and instructions governing the use of the case or other contrivance;

  6. the box, wrapping or other container in which the explosive will be handled, used or displayed or otherwise distributed including the markings thereon; and

  7. the package in which the explosive will be transported and stored including the markings thereon.

Departmental Action

  1. When, in the opinion of the Chief Controller, an explosive in respect of which an application is made may properly be considered for authorisation, the Chief Controller shall instruct the applicant as to the samples required and the manner of forwarding the same to him, or to any other authority specified by the Chief Controller in this behalf. 

    Note:

    • No person shall send a sample of an explosive unless such person has first received the instruction referred to under sub-rule (3).

    • No person shall send a sample of an explosive otherwise than in accordance with instructions given by the Chief Controller under sub-rule (3).

    • Sample forwarded under sub-rule (3) shall be subjected to such of the tests enumerated in clause (ii) of this rule as are necessary having regard to the nature and type of explosive submitted to ensure that the explosive is capable of being safety manufactured, handled, stored transported and used.

    • The tests referred to in clause (i) pertain to –

      1. Physical properties including consistency, reaction tendency to absorb moisture, segregation in transport or otherwise of the constituents, exudation, behaviour at low temperatures, specific gravity and such other physical properties as may be considered necessary;

      2. Chemical composition – determination of the percentage composition of the ingredients forming the explosive, and the quality of the ingredients employed in its manufacture;

      3. Stability – determination of stability after subjection to such varying environmental conditions as would tend to produce spontaneous ignition or variation in sensitiveness of an explosive;

      4. Ignition characteristics – ignition point, behaviour on ignition, liability to spontaneous ignition, behaviour on ignition in bulk;

      5. Mechanical sensitiveness – determination of sensitiveness to friction and impact;

      6. Air gap sensitivity and transmission of detonation;

      7. Velocity of detonating;

      8. Determination of strength;

      9. Composition of gases evolved upon explosion;

      10. Such other tests as the Chief Controller may specify.

  2. An explosives tested in accordance with sub-rule (6) shall be declared by the Central Government on recommendation of Chief Controller to be an authorised, explosive if, it is satisfied that such an explosive can be safely manufactured, handled, stored, transported and used.

  3. Authorisation issued by the Central Government under sub-rule (7) in respect of any imported explosive shall be valid for one year from the date of authorisation, provided the foreign manufacturer certifies that there has been no change in the composition or any other characteristics of the explosives.

  4. The Chief Controller may at any time subject any explosive to the tests enumerated in sub-rule (6).  As a result of the tests or otherwise if the Chief Controller is satisfied that the explosive is no longer safe for manufacture, handling, storage, transport or use, may recommend deletion of such explosive from the authorised list.

  5. The Chief Controller on completion of the testing of an explosive, in pursuance of sub-rule (6) shall advise the Central Government in writing –

    1. whether or not the explosives should be declared to be an authorised explosive; and

    2. where the explosive is declared to be an authorised explosive, the class including any division and sub-division within which the explosive falls.

  6. The Chief  Controller shall maintain a list of authorised explosives showing –

    1. the brand or trade name of the explosives;

    2. the name and address of the manufacturers;

    3. the class, including any division and sub-divisions thereof, within which each explosive falls ; and

    4. the safety distance category and the corresponding United Nation’s classification number and division.

    5. A list of authorised explosives that, by licence or permit, are authorised to be manufactured in, or imported into India shall be published by the Central Government from time to time.

  7. No alteration in the composition, limiting percentage of ingredients or substitute ingredients. The process of manufacture, the description and construction of the case or the contrivance as declared in accordance with clauses (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) of sub-rule (2) shall be carried out without prior approval of the Central Government: 

    Provided that the Chief Controller may order fresh test to be carried out if the proposed alteration in the percentage, composition, nature of ingredients, process of manufacture or construction of the case or contrivance of the explosive are likely to change the result s of the original test prescribed in this rule.

ISSUE OF FOREMAN CERTIFICATE

The related matter is available in the hard copy of the manual which can be had by placing an order(by letter or through e- mail)  to the following address

Dy. Chief Controller of Explosives
Testing Station
Amravati Road, Gondkhairy
NAGPUR 440 023

E- mail address:  ccoengp@nag.mah.nic.in

Acetylene Generator  

Acetylene generator is an apparatus specially designed for manufacture of Acetylene by reaction of Calcium Carbide with water.

Acetylene is a highly flammable gas, having a very wide explosive limits/range; LEL-2% UEL-82%. This gas having a triple bond between the carbon atoms is very unstable and has the peculiar property of explosion risk, even in the absence of air/oxygen, due to decomposition (by the application of pressure/stimuli) into elemental carbon and Hydrogen. Such accidents are identified by the presence of deposits of black soot (carbon) on the equipments.

Due to the above hazardous nature of Acetylene, Government of India vide Notification No. GSR-625(E), dated 07/08/1983, has prohibited manufacture, possession and transportation of Acetylene except under certain conditions as stipulated in the said notification.

  1. Acetylene generator has to comply with the following requirements: 

    1. The apparatus shall be so constructed that lime sludge cannot gain access to or clog any pipe intended for the passage of gas or the water feed. Sludge overflow or outlet shall be large enough to avoid frequent clogging.

    2. The use of glass in water gage, sight boxes, shall be avoided, but where provision of glass is absolutely necessary as part of the apparatus it shall be effectively protected against fracture or fragmentation.

    3. The apparatus shall be so constructed that it is not possible, even by incorrect manipulation of cocks, to seal the generating chamber hermetically.

    4. The empty space above the water level in a generator shall be as small as is consistent with the proper working of the apparatus.

    5. No metal containing more than 70 per cent of copper shall be present in any portion of the apparatus.

    6. The various parts of the apparatus shall be of adequate strength to withstand any pressures that may be generated therein.

    7. The size of the pipes carrying the gas shall be proportional to the maximum rate of generation, so that undue backpressure from throttling may not occur.

  2. The apparatus shall have an arrangement to generate   acetylene gas as fast as it can be used/removed and must stop generating immediately the gas delivery is closed, or the gas holder is filled.

  3. The apparatus shall have an efficiency of at least 90 per cent.

  4. The temperature of any part of the apparatus when working shall not exceed 80 degree C. Suitable means for ascertaining the temperature of those parts where heat is liable to be generated shall be provided:

    Provided that if it be shown to the satisfaction of the Chief Controller that a higher temperature is necessary in any generating apparatus and that such higher temperature may be used without danger, the Chief Controller may allow the use of higher temperature under such conditions as he may specify.

  5. (a) The apparatus used shall not be made to work at a pressure exceeding 0.15 Kg/cm2  (150 cm water column) : 

    Provided that if it be shown to the satisfaction of the Chief Controller that a higher pressure is necessary in any generating apparatus and that such higher pressure may be used without danger, the Chief Controller may allow the use of higher pressure upto a maximum of 1.55 Kg/cm2  (1550 cm water column) under such conditions as he may specify.

    (b) In the use of the apparatus, regard shall be had to the danger of stoppage of passage of the gas and consequent increase of pressure (i.e. even if the gas supply be cut off or any of the pipes become blocked, the pressure in the generator must not exceed its design working pressure).

  6. (a) Adequate precautions shall be taken to prevent any escape of gas from the apparatus.

    (b) Gas holders shall be fitted with blow off pipes carried upto a suitable point in the open air. The inlet and outlet of gas holder shall be provided with shut-off valves which can be easily closed in an emergency.

  7. (a) The carbide shall be completely decomposed in the apparatus, so that the lime sludge discharge there from shall not be capable of generating more gas.

    (b) The apparatus shall give no tarry or other heavy consideration products from the decomposition of the carbide.

  8. (a) An open tank shall be provided in the open air for the reception of all residue and such residue shall remain for at least ten hours in not less than four times its bulk of water in such tank.

    (b) Precautions shall be taken to prevent any lime sludge from being discharged into the drains.

    (c) No source of ignition shall be brought within 9 s from a tank used for reception of lime sludge.

  9. An apparatus shall have an efficient arrangement capable of effectively preventing a flash back from the acetylene delivery pipe to the generator or to the gas holder, as the case may be.

  10. All electrical motors, lights, switches and others fittings inside a shed housing an apparatus for acetylene generation and within 15 s of such shed shall be of flame proof construction conforming to IS:2148 and of a type approved by the Chief Controller.

  11. (a) Acetylene generating apparatus shall be installed in a lightly constructed shed made of suitable non-flammable materials.

    (b) The shed shall be adequately ventilated near the ground level and near the roof.

    (c) A concrete floor covered with suitable conductive material and raised at least 60 cms above the ground level should be provided.

    (d) Escape doors must open outwards and give direct exit to the open space. Their position and number must be such as to provide adequate means of exit in the event of an emergency.

  12. The shed housing an apparatus shall maintain distance not less than 30 s from an oxygen manufacturing plant building, 90 s from an air-intake point, 9 s from sludge tank and 15 s from any other protected works: 

    Provided that dissolved acetylene cylinder filling-cum-storage shed and carbide storage shed may be adjoining and shed housing an apparatus for acetylene generation and in such case the above mentioned distances shall be observed from the entire building.

  13. All apparatus, machinery and other equipment shall be efficiently earthed at all times.  The earthing connections should be tested at least once in a year and record of all such tests maintained.

  14. Nothing in conditions 11, 12, 13 & 14 shall apply to an apparatus of a design requiring charge of carbide of calcium not exceeding 2 kgs at any one time provided the same is kept in a room forming part of building with a suitable exit leading to open space/road.

  15. No part of an apparatus or connected distribution system shall be opened without brining it down to the ambient temperature and no repair with flame or heat shall be carried out unless the apparatus and connected distribution system and the surroundings are made free of acetylene gas. All repairs shall be carried out under the supervisions of an experienced person.

  16. Instructions as to the use of apparatus shall be prominently exhibited on or in close proximity to the apparatus.

Procedure of approval of Acetylene Generator Design: 

The Acetylene generator is required to be approved by CCE and manufactured under BIS Certification for obtaining approval, the manufacturer has to submit to CCE:-

  1. Design drawings showing all details as per IS:8471 and relevant requirements as per the notification, specification of materials, etc. and design calculation duly vetted by BIS.   

  2. Details of manufacturing machinery & quality control equipments of the applicant.

  3. Details of technical manpower deployed with their qualification & experience.

  4. Process of manufacture & quality control procedures/testings etc.

  5. Copy of operating manual of the Acetylene generator.

  6. Documentary evidence giving status of the Company like certificate of registration.

Departmental Action

On perusal of the documents, a preliminary assessment is made to assess the safe design of the generator and adequacy capability of the applicant. If it is found in order, the applicant is allowed to manufacture a prototype generator which is inspected jointly by BIS & departmental officer. The report of joint inspection is perused by CCE and if found satisfactory, the generator will be allowed to be installed at the customers site which is to be separately approved by CCE. Again a joint inspection by BIS & departmental officer is conducted to witness the trial run/actual operation so as to assess the performance of the generator. On receipt of satisfactory report, the Acetylene Generator is approved by CCE

Note: -Once a particular design of a generator is approved, the manufacturer may produce them on regular basis under BIS Certification.

Use of Acetylene Generator:

Acetylene produced as above find usage as under :

  1. For filling in cylinders.

  2. For direct use in process plants/utilities.

Procedure for approval of Acetylene generator for filling in cylinders is already described under the Chapter of licensing for filling & storage of compressed gases.

For director use, the user is required to obtain prior approval of CCE of the installation.  The application should consist of :

  1. Site & layout construction of the shed housing the generator and associated facilities meeting the requirements of the notification.

  2. Specification pipelines control systems & flash back arrestors etc. If the documents are in order, CCE approves the installation. After installation, the facilities and operation of the generator is inspected by departmental officer to assess conformity with approved plans, required paras of BIS Standards and performance. If the inspection report is satisfactory, CCE issues permission for generation of Acetylene.

  3. Particulars of generator and reference of its approval.

BMD Vehicle

The Bulk Mixed Dispensing Unit normally called as BMD vehicle is specially designed for carrying non-explosive matrix along with other ingredients like Ammonium Nitrate, gassing agent etc. in separate containers mounted on a chassis to the blasting site.  The vehicle also has a water tank, control panel, hydraulic oil tank, radiator, hose reel with pump, hydraulic pump, product pump, air receiver, gassing agent pump, water pump and a drivers cabin mounded on the chassis. The mounting of various containers on the chassis is done in such a way that the stability ratio of the vehicle is always less than 1.

Design of the BMD vehicle has to comply with the following regarding electrical fittings: 

  1. When electrical power is supplied by a self-contained motor-generator located on the vehicle, the generator shall be separated from the discharge point of the explosives. The generator or the battery shall be provided with a cut-off switch in a readily accessible position.

  2. Wiring shall be so fixed and protected so as to minimise accidental damage or undue wear.

  3. The BMD vehicle body and equipment shall be electrically continuous with the vehicle chassis. The frame of the mixer and all other equipments that may be used shall be electrically bonded. Bonding points and bonding cables for effective grounding shall be provided.

    During mixing or loading, a positive grounding device and a semi-conductive hose shall be used to prevent accumulation of static electricity. The supervisor shall evaluate all system to ensure that they will adequately dissipitate static electricity under potential field conditions.

    The flexible hoses used to deliver explosives directly in the boreholes shall be electrically and mechanically continuous.

    At least two fire extinguishers of suitable size and capable of fighting electrical and petroleum fires shall be provided on each vehicle in an easily accessible position.

Approval of BMD Vehicle

The BMD vehicle is attached to the SMS support plant licensed in “Special Form” under Explosives Rules, 1983. In the said Special Form licence, the particulars of the BMD vehicles attached to that plant are also mentioned.

The applicant for BMD vehicle shall apply to CCE for approval of BMD vehicle either along with his application for the support plant initially or subsequently as the case may be. The application shall consist of :-

  1. Scrutiny fee of Rs. 500/-  

  2. 4 copies of drawing of the BMD vehicle showing the make & model of vehicle, engine No., Regn. No. and specification of all containers equipments & components (in plan elevation), hydraulic and electrical circuits, special features with pressure switch, temperature indicator, rupture disc, flow s etc. & stability ratio calculation.

Departmental Action

On scrutiny of the design drawings if the same is found in order, CCE approves the design asking to produce the completed vehicle for inspection by a departmental officer.

On receipt of satisfactory inspection report from the departmental inspecting officer, final approval & permission to use the BMD vehicle attached to the SMS support plant is granted by CCE.