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Traders do brisk business

THE PURCHASING for Diwali festival was on its peak on Friday due to Dhanteras. All the major markets were flooded with buyers, which threw the traffic movement out of gear. While the youths were busy in purchasing crackers, the women purchased idols of Lord Ganesh and Laxmi.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 00:24 IST

THE PURCHASING for Diwali festival was on its peak on Friday due to Dhanteras.

All the major markets were flooded with buyers, which threw the traffic movement out of gear. While the youths were busy in purchasing crackers, the women purchased idols of Lord Ganesh and Laxmi. This year, the demand for pollution free crackers was quite high. It was costly but the concerned people prefer it.

The markets remained open till late night on Dhanteras. On Friday, the purchasing for electronic home appliances, television, DVD, washing machines, utensils, motorcycle, gold ornaments were on its peak.

This year, the string of bulbs and the candles has taken the place of earthen lamp. Markets were decorated and the shopkeepers had placed their articles on the footpath.

The small crackers shops and sweet shops remained open till late night.

Though district administration issued a 17 point guideline regarding the installation of crackers, restriction of use of crackers between 10 pm to 6 am and others norms were not followed by the businessmen.

No statuary warning was marked on the wrapper of the crackers to indicate sound levels as the Supreme Courts’ order to print the sound levels on the cover. District administrations had turned a blind eye. Despite directive of senior officials, no affective steps were taken to enforce the guidelines of Supreme Court. It is noteworthy that Supreme Court had ordered the noise level would not be more then 125 decibel in a circle of 4 metre at the time of blast.

Wholesalers and retail shops of the crackers at Golghar, Alinagar, Reti crossing, were selling sub-standard crackers and district administration had turned a blind eye over sale.

First Published: Oct 21, 2006 00:24 IST