Uttar Pradesh authorities’s ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers in Lucknow and 12 different cities has come as an enormous blow to the merchants. Whereas the state authorities is simply complying with the orders of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal, and has imposed the ban solely in cities the place the air high quality index was both poor, very poor or extreme final Diwali, losses to the firecracker enterprise are exhausting to be missed.
Within the state capital alone, firecracker merchants are looking at losses to the tune of Rs 20 crore.
“As per the state authorities’s order, we now have cancelled all firecracker and associated licences within the metropolis,” stated Lucknow district Justice of the Peace Abhishek Prakash. Varanasi administration has additionally gone forward with an entire ban on sale and bursting of firecrackers from midnight of November 9 to midnight of November 30. District Justice of the Peace Kaushal Raj Sharma has cancelled all licences to promote firecrackers with instant impact.
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The merchants name the choice “unjust”.“We aren’t opposing the ban. However why couldn’t this have been accomplished earlier? The ban has come simply forward of Diwali when merchants are prepared with their inventory. Who will likely be liable for their losses?” requested Akhilesh Gupta, a seller and convener of firecracker merchants’ affiliation.
This 12 months, Gupta stated, merchants had been anyway promoting solely inexperienced crackers — those made as per the instructions of the Supreme Court docket. “Not all firecracker merchants are nicely off. There are a lot of who’ve taken mortgage from the market. The (ban) order will sure push many merchants to the verge of chapter,” he added.
Mahesh Gupta, normal secretary, Lucknow Cracker Merchants’ Affiliation, stated, “Both we must be allowed to promote crackers or we should be compensated by the state authorities.”
“Our officer-bearers will meet the CM and divisional commissioner to current our case,” stated Satish Mishra, one other office-bearer of cracker merchants’ affiliation.
He stated, “I don’t know why solely firecrackers are being focused whereas main pollution comparable to development websites, thermal energy crops, cement industries and automobiles plying on street should not banned.”