WB: traders in Champahati market scrutinize losses due to firecracker ban


Traders in one of Champahati’s most famous and important firecracker markets, in southern 24 Parganas, West Bengal, are facing losses this year after the High Court in Calcutta banned the bursting and the sale of all kinds of firecrackers. Sudhanshu Das, who is a trader and a member of the Champahati Fireworks Union, has asked the High Court and the state government for permission to smash green crackers for at least an hour.

“Livelihoods have been further affected as the market was closed last year due to the lockdown and this year the High Court banned all types of fireworks for Diwali and Chhath Puja in the state.” , said Das. The small and large firecracker industry suffers huge losses due to the ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers, he added.

Speaking further, Das said, “Most of the families dependent on this industry face livelihood difficulties, especially during Diwali. Speaking of people associated with this profession, Das said people have no other choice. “It is the only source of income for them. Almost 40,000 to 45,000 families in this region are associated with this business,” he added.

“Previously, the clearance was for two hours, but after the court ruling, the whole market was closed. All the shops are closed and the people in this profession are very disappointed and upset,” Das said. “It would have been a bit easy for all of us if the High Court had made this decision two months ago or at least 15 days before because the firecrackers we made and bought outside would not have been damaged,” he added. (ANI)

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