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Impact Of Supreme Court’s Ban On Odisha Fire-Cracker Sale


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06 November 2018

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent verdict banning sale of fire-crackers not only in Delhi NCR but also nation-wide besides ordering for a pollution-free ‘Green Diwali’, it has its impact well felt also in Odisha.

OMMCOM NEWS tried to feel the pulse and gauge the mood of the fire-cracker sellers of the State capital city amid the apex court’s strict restrictions as the seasonal business used to pave their path for making a fortune and doing brisk business during the Festival of Lights in the previous years.

In his reactions, one fire-cracker seller Chandrakanta Swain rued, “This year business has been hampered. Let’s hope for the best ahead.” “As people are shying away from crackers due to pollution and ill effects, our business is getting affected,” he explained.

He averred, “As the high decibel crackers have been banned, we’re not selling it as used to be earlier. Rs 5000 fine is being imposed. Hence, there is no question of stocking or selling it.”

Another fire-cracker seller Dhaneswar Swain also rued, “This year’s business position is very disappointing. The restrictions Supreme Court has ruled on the rate, item and time (8-10 pm), sale of fire-crackers have been hit hard.”

“Customers are searching for those banned items, but we are unable to provide them as per their demands and wishes,” he lamented.

Nevertheless, fire-cracker seller Rajesh Kumar Sahoo being a law-abiding and responsible citizen reacted, “Supreme Court has issued strict duration from 8 pm to 10 pm. It is justified because of acute noise and air pollution. In that context, our Government has taken the right action on the Supreme Court’s verdict.”

On being being asked how he manages the business scenario this year and compensates the loss, he replied lightheartedly, “It is getting adjusted from the sale of lighting crackers. Still customers are searching and demanding for those banned items. What to do? Undone and bound down to adjust.”

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Chandrakanta Swain, Fire-Cracker Seller, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Dhaneswar Swain, Fire-Cracker Seller, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Rajesh Sahoo, Fire-Cracker Seller, Bhubaneswar, Odisha