Tamil Nadu: India's firecracker, Sivakasi, in Tamil Nadu's Virudhunagar district, looks lifeless this winter due to pollution concerns. The firecracker industry of Sivakasi is believed to be worth Rs 6,000 crore. Whose 15% income comes from Delhi.
President of Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorous Manufacturers Association (Tanfama), P. Ganesan said: “We were given permission to manufacture firecrackers and suddenly the Delhi government imposed a ban. We do not know the reason for this ban and the Delhi government and all others Governments are requested to allow the use of firecrackers for two hours during Deepawali (Diwali)." He said that the production of firecrackers is in compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court. Sivakasi firecracker manufacturers and distributors should utilize the existing stock worth crores during Diwali this year.
The production of firecrackers in Sivakasi this season has decreased by 30% and the production will be around 25 crore kg. Silambarasan said there are around 1070 manufacturing units and over 1,000 traders in and around Virudhunagar, including Sivakasi. Firecracker makers and other traders have expressed hope that the Delhi government will lift the ban and the business will flourish in the days to come.