Even as the Delhi government banned the sale of Chinese crackers in the capital, no such directions were issued in Ghaziabad. However, some market associations have taken a stand against Chinese crackers.
Sale of licenced crackers started on Friday with temporary markets set up on open grounds across the city. Abiding by the guidelines for the temporary licence, shop owners are armed with fire extinguishers and sand buckets to handle a mishap or a fire accident. Signage, prohibiting the public from smoking, have also been set up.
“Over 100 sellers registered with our association have been ordered not to sell Chinese crackers. We are keeping an eye on all of them and they will be fined in case of a violation,” Manish Yadav, president of Om Sai Pataka Association, Ghaziabad, said.
The association has acquired a licence for selling crackers in Ghanta Ghar, Kavi Nagar, Kala Pathar and Shipra Suncity in Indirapuram, Atal Chowk in Vasundhara, Kali mandir ground in Vaishali and Sanjay Nagar in Raj Nagar.
“Though we generally discourage our members from selling Chinese crackers every year, we have decided to levy a fine this year due to the recent political controversies regarding China,” Yadav said.
He said that the sellers also do not trust Chinese products.
“Apart from the prevailing sentiments, we also steer clear from Chinese products because of an accident around six years ago, in which salesmen suffered huge losses and many were left injured at Kala Pathar in Indirapuram,” Yadav, of Vasundhara, said.
Meanwhile, sellers said that crackers are costlier by 10% this year. However, it has failed to dampen the spirits of customers who have set separate budgets for fireworks.
“This is the only day when we can use fireworks and celebrate to the fullest. My budget for buying crackers this year is between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000,” Vinay Gupta, a customer at Atal Chowk crackers’ market, said.
There were others who said they will celebrate a noiseless Diwali. “I have bought a few sparklers and flower pot crackers to mark the day but I will not be bursting loud crackers,” Sonal Bisht of Sector 5 in Vaishali said.