Tamil Nadu: Indian firecracker Sivakasi, in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district, appears lifeless this winter due to pollution concerns. Sivakasi’s firecracker industry is believed to be worth Rs 6,000 crore. Of which 15% of the income comes from Delhi.
Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorous Manufacturers Association (Tanfama) President P. Ganesan said, “We got permission to make firecrackers and suddenly the Delhi government imposed a ban. We do not know the reason for this ban and the Delhi government and all other governments are urged to allow the use of firecrackers for two hours during Deepawali (Diwali). Supreme Court Sivakasi firecracker makers and distributors are expected to use existing inventory worth millions of dollars during Diwali this year.
The production of firecrackers in Sivakasi this season has decreased by 30% and the production will be around 25 crore kg. Silambarasan said there were around 1,070 manufacturing units and over 1,000 traders in and around Virudhunagar, including Sivakasi. Firecracker makers and other traders have expressed hope that the Delhi government will lift the ban and the business thrives in the days to come.
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