After being 80% vaccinated, the Pondicherry government now allows the sale of firecrackers before Diwali for big gains

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The Pondicherry government announced on Monday that it had authorized the sale of firecrackers for Diwali. The reason for this decision was cited as the Union Territory’s goal of making big sales.

Speaking on the development, Muthukrishnan, director of Popsco, said they had reached 80% vaccination and now was the time to aim for big sales, offering 70% off crackers.

The development comes as a surprising departure from its restrictions and regulations on the use of firecrackers imposed last Diwali. According to a report by The HinduUT had imposed restrictions on the sale, use of crackers last year as the collector banned certain varieties of firecrackers and placed restrictions on when crackers were allowed to pop.

During the 2020 festival, the bursting of firecrackers was only allowed from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the regions of Pondicherry, Mahé and Yanam on November 14, the day of Diwali.

The use of antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead compounds in the manufacture of fireworks was also prohibited. In addition, the use of strontium chromate in the manufacture of fireworks was also not allowed.

Relevant authorities, especially the police, have been instructed to ensure that fireworks only go off during the designated time and to ensure that there is no sale of banned firecrackers.

With the contribution of the agencies

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Posted: Monday, October 25, 2021, 11:04 a.m. IST

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