The traditional firecrackers were banned by the supreme court in 2018 due to increased pollution levels. Now since Diwali is in the corner, many shops have popped up in Jama Masjid selling green crackers variety. However, most of them have reported poor business. The reason for the same might be the covid induced economy slump. Also, the green variety is more expensive than the traditional one.
Not all the shops can sell these crackers. Only Those ships that have been granted a license by Delhi Police can sell them. As per the data by the police, Out of total 260 applications, 167 have been granted. In 2019, 62 were granted.
Sale of green crackers: low, traders cite covid lockdown responsible
Mohammad Altaf,23 has a roadside stall of toy guns and pop up firecrackers rolls. It’s a variety of green firecracker as it emits less than 30% particulate matter as compared to the traditional ones. Mohammad Altaf said, “I invested about Rs 25,000-30,000 to buy these things and had set up the shop a week ago. But I have just made around Rs 1,500 so far. Diwali is in 10 days.”
Amit Kunar,61 has a bigger shop for firecrackers behind Mohammad Atlaf’s stall. The shop was opened after two years about a week ago. Amit Kunar said that in 2018, traditional firecrackers were banned by the court and at that timeless green crackers were available. However this time there is a huge variety of green crackers but there is no sale. He said that the covid lockdown has resulted in empty pockets.
Parth Srivastav, 35 also sells firecrackers. He said, “But Diwali is a crucial time for us; this year, there is simply no sale. Customers and traders both need money to buy goods, and the lockdown has reduced our capacity to do that.”