Amid COVID-19, Chennai's firecracker market sees downturn in sales

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The firecracker shops made arrangements for social distancing and sanitisation along with the distribution of masks to customers.

 

The annual firecracker fair organised at Chennai's Island Grounds during the Diwali season is suffering from low footfall and lack of adequate business.
 

According to the news agency ANI report, the number of shops has been reduced from 65 to 40 this year due to the pandemic and several other safety protocols.

The firecracker shop owners are hopeful that the sales would increase during the current festive season.

"We're selling only green crackers this time considering the rising pollution and breathing concerns of people, many of whom are already vulnerable due to the pandemic. But the number of customers coming to the Island Grounds has also fallen compared to previous years," Muchiber Rahman, President of Firecrackers Association ,Chennai,quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

However, the usual Diwali cheer was missing from firecracker shops as fewer customers stopped by in order to avoid public gathering due to the fear of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the firecracker shops made arrangements for social distancing and sanitisation along with the distribution of masks to customers.

 

With inputs from ANI

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