COVID-19 scare, damp weather hit firecrackers sale in Bengaluru, mar festive spirit

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    COVID-19 scare, moist weather struck firecrackers sale in Bengaluru, mar festive spirit

    Covid scare, harsh weather condition and rains dampened the sales of green crackers in this tech city for the three-day Diwali festival, which started on a suppressed note on Friday.

    ” With the Karnataka government banning the sale of conventional firecrackers to avoid air contamination in the middle of the pandemic, just a couple of shops are offering green crackers in the city after they were exempted from the ban,” a trader informed IANS here.

    After banning the sale and usage of traditional firecrackers on November 6, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa modified the order hours later to permit traders and shops to sell green crackers accredited by the regulative authorities.

    Clarifying the distinction between the conventional and green crackers, state revenue secretary Anzum Parvez stated on Friday that the latter (green) do not include harmful chemicals, therefore triggers no air pollution.

    ” Green crackers are made based on the formulas laid down by the state-run Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (NEERI),” said Parvez a day after the Karnataka High Court on Thursday asked the state federal government to specify green crackers while hearing a PIL submitted by an attorney.

    The green crackers loading can be recognized by the green logo design of CSIR-NEERI and PESO (Petroleum and Dynamite Safety Organisation) and a Quick Response (QR) coding system.

    With Bengaluru accounting for 50 percent of the Covid cases in the state, health professionals advised the state government to prohibit the sale and bursting of conventional firecrackers, as they contain chemicals that pollute the air and damage individuals’s health, specifically during the pandemic.

    ” Besides the ban, Covid-induced standards on rupturing crackers and north-east monsoon rains have actually kept away numerous purchasers from our shop. Sales have considerably dropped compared to in 2015,” a retail seller lamented.

    The city civic body problems licence to traders to offer crackers in makeshift stalls in open premises or at designated locations in the markets, with measures to make sure safety of sellers and buyers.

    ” We generally establish stalls 2-3 weeks prior to Diwali on receiving firecrackers from producers at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu or wholesale dealers at Hosur across the state border. Due to the Covid fallout and ban on standard fire crackers, this Diwali is not a festival of lights for us,” said another seller on condition of privacy.

    ” The state federal government has actually taken measures to consist of the coronavirus spread, prevent crowding in public locations and maintain physical distancing. All celebrations this year, including Dasara, have actually been commemorated in an easy way, generally in the house,” Yediyurappa had said just recently.

    On the other hand, the state fire and emergency situation service department provided guidelines to the public to make sure a mishap-free Diwali in Covid times.

    ” Enable children to light fireworks only under the guidance of grownups. Do not light crackers inside houses however in open areas far from flammable materials,” said the department in a statement.

    The standards also encourage not to use loose, flowing clothing while bursting crackers.

    ” Hold sparklers far from the body. Do n`t bend over fireworks while lighting them. Light them from the side. Do not keep crackers in pockets or keep them or unload them near a flame,” checked out the guidelines.

    The department has actually also recommended retailers to sanitise their stores daily, wear masks and ensure social distancing of customers.

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