Incessant rain leads to dip in firecracker sales

Sales of firecrackers started in the town on a sluggish be aware on Wednesday as customers stayed indoors due to incessant rain.

Nearly 100 stalls have come up on the Andhra University foremost floor, and 50 on the AUCE Grounds and an equal quantity close to the bottom on the NSS Unit of the college. Stalls had been additionally arrange on the Alwar Das Grounds in MVP Colony and vacant areas at Madhurawada, Pendurthi, Arilova, Gajuwaka, Seethammadhara and Pedagantyada.

The stalls had been arrange in adherence to COVID-19 security protocols, and the employees employed by the stall homeowners had been making an attempt to increase sales by providing steep reductions. Street distributors additionally went round promoting earthen lamps, electrical lights, colored candles and different ornamental objects for the competition.

“This time, we were expecting good business as things were slowly returning to normalcy after the COVID-19 second wave. But rain has played spoilsport and we hope that the skies clear up by tomorrow morning. As soon as the rain stops we are confident that customers will start pouring in,” stated Srinivas, a firecracker dealer from MVP Colony.

According to GVMC Regional Fire Officer Niranjan Reddy, permission was accorded solely to 350 outlets this 12 months in contrast to 400 final 12 months.

Many of the merchants invested much less on shares, fearing dangerous climate and a bitter expertise of losses in earlier years.

Meanwhile, prospects complained that firecrackers grew to become costly in contrast to final 12 months. The merchants stated that hike in transportation prices, discount of manufacturing and extra taxes led to the rise in costs.

Staff Reporter , 2021-11-04 01:18:21

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